The Chartist land settlement at Heronsgate has come a long way since the 1840s. Then it was a refuge for industrial workers seeking a cottage of their own and two or three acres to farm. Now it is one of the most sought-after of areas for London commuters.
I came across this house for sale advert today. Although I cannot be sure that this house is itself one of the Chartist cottages, it is on the Chartist estate, known as O'Connorville, on Nottingham Road. If it is an original, it has certainly been extensively altered to give it five bedrooms, four receptions and four bathrooms!
The house also boasts an acre of grounds, its own heated swimming pool – and is on the market for a cool £2.5 million.
Here is the property description in case it disappears from the Property Finder website once sold:
“The property occupies a private and tucked away location within the heart of the Heronsgate area. In all about one acre (1.158) being approached over a long gravel driveway flanked by well maintained lawns with mature trees and established borders. The gardens and grounds are a delightful feature of the property and enclose the property on all sides. The driveway opens to a large gravelled area providing extensive parking. Here there is a useful barn and open sided vehicle store. To the rear of the property there is a wide terraced patio which opens to a further extensive patio area with sunken heated swimming pool. The pool is approximately 32ft in length by 16ft wide with a depth of 8ft at the deepest point. The pool is heated and close by is a kitchenette and changing room/shower room.”
You can read more about the Chartist Land Plan and the Chartist Land Company, including the names of thousands of land company subscribers, on Chartist Ancestors.