Dickens Mania Brings Victoriana to Life

As London prepares to celebrate the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, Victorian themes are dominating the cultural scene, (see www.dickens2012.org) from film and theatre to festivals, exhibitions, cultural tours and interactive shows.

Some of the best examples of Victorian architecture are still to be seen in south east London and Victorian homes maintain their premier position in home sale enquiries, according to leading south London estate agent, Wooster & Stock.

Luke Wooster, Managing Director, Wooster & Stock, comments: “There is a real buzz in the capital about Dickens’ 200th birthday. Dickens mania seems to have taken off this month with a full 2012 calendar of exhibitions, talks and numerous other events taking place.

“As a hub for Victorian architecture, we feel central to this theme in South East London. In fact, Camberwell Grove, SE5, where we currently have thirteen properties on the market for sale and/or rent, is even mentioned in Charles Dickens’ ‘Sketches of Boz’”

Victorian HomeOne of Wooster & Stock’s prime examples of Victorian architecture at its best is a magnificent five bedroom house in Fenwick Rd, SE15. The property is beautifully arranged over a series of half floors and demonstrates how well period architecture adapts to fabulous, highly contemporary interiors, with a bespoke kitchen and under floor heating being highlights.

The house exhibits numerous period features that bring to life the Victorian era, such as
original sash windows, cornicing, high ceilings, stripped timber floors, tessellated tiling and stained glass doors. It also benefits from a lovely garden with paved patio, luscious lawn, mature garden beds and a pretty pond. There is also a garage with space for two cars.

This area on the borders of Camberwell, Peckham and Dulwich is also one of the most sought-after in the south east of the capital due to its prized location. Terraced homes and leafy plane trees line the streets, this is particularly evident in Camberwell Grove, but it is the area’s close proximity to the vibrant, cultural attractions of central Camberwell, Bellenden Road and Lordship Lane that makes this patch special.

Residents can enjoy a host of boutiques, bars, restaurants and cafes, there are markets and art exhibitions and luscious green parks dotted all over the area never disappoint. Transport from this part of London is also a breeze. National Rail services to London Bridge depart both Peckham Rye and Denmark Hill stations regularly, scooting you into central London in under 20 minutes.** There are also a host of bus services and residents will also enjoy the benefits of the East London Line extension which is due to arrive this year.

Luke adds: “The Wooster & Stock team in Camberwell also has a keen interest in this
bicentennial. While we are hopeful for good property sales as a result of the anniversary, it has also been alleged that Dickens once lectured in our office building, which is part of the grand Grove House, also described in Sketches of Boz.”

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