I popped in on this house and admired the open plan living – on the piano nobile the walls could fold back to create a single space. The structures are now too fragile to move around, but I was impressed with this Georgian approach to light and space, in contrast to the Victorians’ desire to add small warrens of rooms into buildings.
Dr Johnson wrote the dictionary! He wrote it here, together with his many scribes.
His workrooms were on the top floor, which is now divided into two rooms, and on the ground floor are another two rooms – one of which is the shop. There is also a cellar, where the kitchens would have been.
Another good example of an 18th century townhouse.
Do pop along. If you’re a National Trust member, entrance is half-price (so under £3!).
If you’re from out of town you’ll probably want to visit Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub across the courtyard, which has been open since 1667, when it was rebuilt after The Great Fire of London.
When visited: September 2012
House * out of 5: *
Theme tune: Do Re Me