There’s so much that remains unknown about the tiny residence.
If you are the type of person that loves visual tours of various homes, Robert Lordan of RobsLondon has got you covered. This latest tour is centered around No.10 Hyde Park Place.
For those who are unaware, this is known as the smallest house in all of London. “London’s smallest house can be found on Bayswater Road- 10 Hyde Park Place, W2 to be exact…. but what’s the story behind it?” the description reads.
The tiny residence is located on Bayswater Road and is not too far from the Lancaster Gate Tube Station. The history of the home is mysterious. While there are some who are of the belief that the house’s close proximity to the cemetery makes it the perfect watch house, there are others who feel differently. Others think that this is the servants’ quarters.
“The path in question led to St George’s Burial Ground- now St George’s Fields- which is located behind. The proximity of this old graveyard leads to another suggestion: that the little building was, in fact, intended as a watch house, from where an eagle-eyed warden could look out for bodysnatchers. Also plausible is the assumption that the home was built by a Miss Jubb- who lived at number 9 as a residence for her maid and, as she blessed the annexe with a door number, it became a house in its own right,” Lordan explained in the video.
This house is the subject of numerous rumors, most of which are the stuff of legend. You won’t be able to believe the explanations that people are coming up with here.
“The first of these reckons the house was built by a Scrooge-like miser, who’d inherited a fortune but,…had to abide by one unusual condition if he wanted to collect the money. The clause, in this case, being that he had to use part of the cash to build a property in London. The final claim is that an old fellow lived here long before anyone else and was quite content with his cosy little cottage so much so that when larger properties began to muscle in; he refused to budge, and that’s how the dinky little building ended up being squeezed in between,” he continued.
These are the theories that people have been coming up with and they make lots of sense to us. Now, the home is in the hands of the Nuns of the Tyburn Convent. In modern times, it serves as a silent retreat!
Check out the fascinating video below: