Chronique Scandaleuse?

“I really love this big house and wish that I could visit all the time – BUT to be allowed to play with it would be even better!

I wouldn’t like to live in it though as I can see NO toys and I’d miss my IPad and colouring pencils too much…”

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Princess Mia

“As everything in my ‘real’ world becomes crazier with each passing day – I really wish that I could shrink and move to Piccadilly Terrace as a perpetual house guest.

AND preferably with chocolate to enjoy, books to read, NO bills to pay OR any dishes to clean and NO laundry to attend to.”

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Tee Bylo

If you ever want to know what life was like in the year 1815 – take a look around inside 13 Piccadilly Terrace and you’ll learn something about the poet Lord Byron too!

A masterpiece in miniature…

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The Professor

And so – you want to come to London – it is a damned place to be sure – but the only place in the world for fun.

Last week  I swam the Thames from Lambeth through the two bridges, Westminster and Blackfrairs.

Lord Byron

I have just taken the Dss of Devonshire’s House from next Sunday the 12th for one Year at 700£ – as Ld B wants Space I hope it will suit him – but after that, I am in rather a fright at what I have done – but all I can say, is. that I have not done it hastily…

for at first I would not take it – & have this morning been with all ye great House brokers – & on seeing what they ask for very indifferent Houses & how few are to be let furnish’d I went back to this, & concluded the bargain…

Lady Melbourne

All the miserable Cottages you remember are removed, and the road turned, and the Green before the House will be made quite level & the Garden go quite down the dead you may recollect was in front of the House, with a small brook in the Botton.

We mean to plant Poplars, Limes and Firs to conceal the Court Yard in front and all together it will really be a pretty Spot.

Lady Noel

“When Lady Caroline Lamb described Byron as ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’ it summed up his flamboyant reputation as one of the leading figures in the Romantic Movement. Today he might be described as a ‘Player’.

What would he have made of **** making his London home the subject of her attentions I wonder?”

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Chrissie B

So you are settled in Albany, where most of my happiest days were pass’d – whilst I lived in that House, no Misfortune reach’d me, & I should not have disliked to be an appendage to ye Lease to live in it again – every despairing and distressing event of my Life has happened since I lived at Whitehall.

I never was much in the Apartments you have taken, but the furniture which used to be in your Sitting room would have now been pleasant & useful to you, opposite to the fire hung the view of Constantinople which you see here, & over the Chimney a painting of Joseph turning in disgust from Potiphar’s Wife…

Lady Melbourne

Just come from Newstead… I entered the Hall – and saw the dog; then walked on into the dining room… he was wont to excercise there.

His fencing sword and singlesticks… the apartments were in every respect the same… he might have walked in… the parapets and steps where he sat… the leads where he walked… his room where I was rooted having involuntarily returned…

Lady Byron

When my rooms are finished I shall be happy to see you… I am furnishing the house more for you than myself, and I shall establish you in it before I sail…

I am now fitting up the green drawing room, the red (as a bedroom) and the rooms over as sleeping rooms, they will soon be completed, at least I hope so…

Lord Byron

​”It’s a nice enough house and big enough for this feline to get lost in as I have to protect my paws when Lord Byron’s bad-tempered hound is on the prowl.

BUT it is a rather chilly house as there is NO central heating AND sooty whiskers is NEVER a good look!”

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Murphy

“Walked early to look at my old house in Piccadilly – saw into the room where I have sat with him, and felt as if I had lived there with a friend who was long since dead to me.

No sense of past agony – all mournfully soft.”

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Lady B