The St Paul's Studios block was aimed at the housing of 'bachelor artists' These unmarried men would require a separate flat for their housekeepers and their artistic endeavours would require the large windows with natural light facing Colet Gardens And it became so


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The St Paul's Studios block was aimed at the housing of 'bachelor artists'. These unmarried men would require a separate flat for their housekeepers and their artistic endeavours would require the large windows with natural light facing Colet Gardens. And it became so.

The block was occupied within a year of being built by the very clientele it had been designed for.

The block looked out onto a peaceful suburban scene until the turn of the 1960s. Quiet Colet Gardens, with its milk floats and schoolchildren, fell victim to the upgraded A4 scheme whereby the Cromwell Road was extended westwards to link to the Hammersmith Flyover via this very spot. Renamed as part of the Talgarth Road, the widened route became the main road west out of London towards Heathrow. Thundering lorries put paid to the artistic charms of St Paul's Studios.

Pictures is from the St Paul's Studios 1891 sales brochure


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