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Time stands still in London’s East End

A house in the East End of London has become a time-capsule whose ten rooms are set in various periods from 1724 to 1914.

A house in the East End of London has become a time-capsule whose ten rooms are set in various periods from 1724 to 1914. The idea of artist Dennis Severs, the house at 18 Folgate Street, Spitalfields E1, is set up as if the family - Huguenot silk-weavers named Jervis - are still there, but though they can sometimes be heard, they are always out-of-sight. Visitors explore the rooms, each lit by fire and candlelight, discovering clues about the family as they go - from half-eaten meals to discarded clothing.

Though Mr Severs died in 1999, his artistic creation lives on in the four-storey house which opens to the public about four days a month. There is also a candle-lit tour on Monday evenings, called Silent Night, for which booking is necessary. Bookings: (020) 7247 4013.

Website: www.dennissevershouse.co.uk


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