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At Ben Truman’s House

July 27, 2019
by the gentle author

Behold the shadows glimmering in this old house in Princelet St built in the seventeen-twenties for Benjamin Truman. A hundred years later, a huge factory was added on the back which more than doubled the size. In the twentieth century, this became the home of the extended Gernstein family who left the house in the eighties. Notable as Lionel Bart’s childhood home, who once returned to have his portrait taken by Lord Snowden on the doorstep, in recent years it has served as the location for innumerable film and photo shoots. Then, as if to complete the circle, the house was acquired by the proprietors of the Old Truman Brewery.

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18 Responses leave one →
  1. Jude permalink
    July 27, 2019

    Lovely to peek into the interior but whats plans for the future….

  2. Leana Pooley permalink
    July 27, 2019

    I long to know what’s going to happen next…….

  3. Richard Smith permalink
    July 27, 2019

    Excellent photographs, fantastic interior but like others I worry about what the future holds.

  4. Charlotte Dew permalink
    July 27, 2019

    What is the house’s new destiny? Preservation I hope …

  5. Daryl permalink
    July 27, 2019

    A building I`ve always admired. I hope it will be preserved.

  6. July 27, 2019

    Tell us more!!!

  7. Jackie K permalink
    July 27, 2019

    Thank you for sharing, TGA. I had the most peculiar sensation of deja vu when browsing the photos. Something to do with the lamplight on the panelled walls and wood floors I expect, but what I wouldn’t give to live in such a house. Do hope that it will be restored and preserved.

  8. Judy permalink
    July 27, 2019

    What a beautiful, beautiful house.

  9. Eric Forward permalink
    July 27, 2019

    I’ve walked past this building countless times, so lovely to be able to see inside. It certainly has character. I assume it must earn it’s keep from films etc. so is in no danger of being ‘modernised’? I’m sure it was used as the home for one of the characters in the TV series Luther relatively recently.

  10. Dave permalink
    July 27, 2019

    ‘Shame it’s been stripped of any worthwhile content,
    & the satellite dish does ‘point a finger’.
    If not preserved the flooring & ‘period’ looking stuff
    will go to the next ‘fashionable’ (yawn) bar/pop-up(?)
    in HISTORICAL Shoreditch.
    GA you are a relic (keep relicking !!).

  11. Lorraine permalink
    July 28, 2019

    Thank GA for this. I have long wondered about this house when visiting this area and noticed it too in many tv programmes…at last the mystery is solved.
    Look forward to your blog every day. Keep up the good work.

  12. Michael Shepherd permalink
    July 28, 2019


  13. Marcia Howard permalink
    July 28, 2019

    Interesting images. And its future?

  14. Pamela Traves permalink
    July 29, 2019

    What a Lovely Old Home!! I hope they redo it so it can be used for us to see how it looked on its early days.

  15. Catherine Morris permalink
    July 29, 2019

    I remember going to a party there in the 80s. It had just been bought by some guy, who held the party and didn’t have any electric lighting. It was quite spooky but fun, going up to the various floors and exploring. So glad that it has been kept pretty much as it was

  16. Dave permalink
    July 29, 2019

    It’s for hire, take a look

  17. JA Woolf permalink
    July 29, 2019

    I like this house. Do you know what will be done with it now? I really hope it will be preserved. It must be hard to keep something in that state of picturesque disorder without it deteriorating.

  18. Jill Wilson permalink
    August 1, 2019

    Another set of beautifully composed photos…very atmospheric!

    And fascinating to see all the ramshackle buildings at the back.

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