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Dennis Severs' House brings Christmas to the Town Hall Hotel - 11 November 2017

We're very excited to announce our collaboration with Town Hall Hotel.

This year, we are also bringing Christmas to the Town Hall Hotel where scents and seasonal sounds evocative of the age will capture your imagination, stimulate your senses and guide you through the building.

For more information please click here  

The Annual Christmas Installation returns - 23 October 2017

The Christmas Spirit returns to Dennis Severs’ House with the Annual Christmas Installation from the 19th of November 2017 to the 4th of January 2018. Cross the threshold of 18 Folgate Street and travel back in time into the 18th Century. Wander the house’s chambers lit by fire and candlelight and adorned in Christmas decoration.

This season enter Dennis Severs’ House to step into its inhabitants’ Christmas celebration. Become a guest of the Gervais, a family of Huguenot silk weavers that though sometimes can be heard, seem to be just out of sight…

Book online here

Campaign to save Norton Folgate - 25 March 2015

IN FEBRUARY THE SPITALFIELDS TRUST LAUNCHED A CAMPAIGN TO STOP BRITISH LAND AND THE CITY OF LONDON FROM OBLITERATING NORTON FOLGATE IN SPITALFIELDS

In 1977 the newly formed Spitalfields Trust including Dan Cruickshank and with the support of Sir John Betjeman and Tower Hamlets Council stopped British Land from redeveloping Elder St. 

Now British Land has come back to bury Norton Folgate under a hideous corporate plaza.

With faint regard for the distinctive character and history of the ancient Liberty of Norton Folgate, British Land proposes the destruction of over 70 percent of the buildings on their site within the Elder St Conservation Area - and their replacement with a generic over–blown corporate development of large office blocks up to13 storeys high, and far exceeding the historic neighbourhood’s prevailing 3-4 storeys. 

The British Land proposal does not make an adequate enough contribution to the pool of jobs and housing for local people.  It is aimed at large corporations whilst offering little to the tech industries and smaller businesses so successful in this part of the East End.

Frustrated by a consultation process that appears to have had little meaning and has produced no significant change,the Spitalfields Trust is now OPPOSING British Land, in a fight to save the buildings and life of this historic neighbourhood and Conservation Area.

An exhibition illustrating the threat to the neighbourhood and an alternative approach to the reuse of the site: repairing its historic fabric rather than destroying it as proposed by British Land was held at Dennis Severs House in February and March of this year. A brochure illustrating the exhibition is currently available. Please contact us to obtain a copy.

For a simple guide on how to object to British Land's application, please click here


Photograph by Roelof Bakker