A house in Stepney

We had the annual visit last night from history students at Queen Mary who come to see our house as part of a course in eighteenth-century domestic life.   I never feel that it is completely satisfactory as an example because the house is a composite and, to an extent, a replica, built in the early 1740s by a local builder on the site of a much larger house owned by Archibald Hutcheson, a crypto-Jacobite.   But in 1854 Samuel Briggs cut an archway through the middle of the house to convert it into a carriage works, so that for most of the twentieth century you could drive through it and, before we bought it, it was an exhaust pipe garage.   So, it is better as an example of the changing social fortunes of Stepney than it is of how to live in an eighteenth-century way.

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