House John lived in...upstairs from "the carrots."

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Re: House John lived in...upstairs from "the carrots."

Postby Raphael » Sat Oct 29, 2011 6:02 pm

Wow- never seen the postman's house before- I had always assumed it was a tiny little house which had since been knocked down! Amazing how much it costs to rent it now! A modern day postman couldn't even afford to rent a room in the house let alone own it!
Great that it still has some original features- the previous owners obviously cherished the history of it. Thanks for this article jesleeall.
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Re: House John lived in...upstairs from "the carrots."

Postby Cybele » Mon Oct 31, 2011 3:28 am

It's great to see that the house is not only still standing, but that it's been lovingly cared for, as well. Thanks so much for posting the photos. (And yeah -- I was a bit shocked to see how expensive the rent is now. Wow.)
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Re: House John lived in...upstairs from "the carrots."

Postby Cath » Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:05 pm

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Re: House John lived in...upstairs from "the carrots."

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Re: House John lived in...upstairs from "the carrots."

Postby MrsRsCat » Wed Nov 16, 2011 5:30 pm

Thanks for that Cath.
It does look rather grand for a lowly postman.
Beautiful building however.
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Re: House John lived in...upstairs from "the carrots."

Postby jesleeall » Sun Nov 20, 2011 2:42 am

Aww...I'm disappointed. I had told myself I'd save up and stay in that house someday. But thanks for your research, Cath. I apologize for posting a something that wasn't true.
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Re: House John lived in...upstairs from "the carrots."

Postby Raphael » Sun Nov 20, 2011 7:42 pm

I did have my doubts that a postman could have afforded a house like that.
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Re: House John lived in...upstairs from "the carrots."

Postby Cath » Sat Dec 03, 2011 9:54 pm

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Re: House John lived in...upstairs from "the carrots."

Postby Raphael » Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:20 am

What year was it demolished? And does it say when the Brawnes' cottage was demolished too?
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Re: House John lived in...upstairs from "the carrots."

Postby Cath » Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:36 pm

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Re: House John lived in...upstairs from "the carrots."

Postby Raphael » Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:21 pm

Cath wrote:That info wasn't in Walker's book, but if I find out more, I'll be sure to post it.

What I noticed looking at Guy Murchie's map of Hampstead from that time is that Elm Cottage wasn't situated where Downshire Hill and Rosslyn Hill meet (as Andrew Motion leads you to believe in his biography in which he calls Rosslyn Hill Red Lion Hill, as we've noted elsewhere) but rather it was located further down Downshire Hill towards the Heath...



True! Guy Murchie's book is the best biography and the most fact based I have read. I don't like Motion's one at all. I love Guy Murchie's map of Hampstead as it was then.
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Re: House John lived in...upstairs from "the carrots."

Postby Cath » Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:19 pm

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Re: House John lived in...upstairs from "the carrots."

Postby BrokenLyre » Sat Dec 10, 2011 11:36 pm

I checked Cath's references as well in my own Keats books and she's right. It seems that 1 Well Walk has been gone for a long while. The local Hampstead tax/property records would be able to settle this issue for sure.
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