Shortly after we moved into our Edwardian house in North London 40 years ago, we started stripping the many layers of wallpaper and paint (interesting how fashions in colours and designs have changed over the years). Under one layer of wallpaper we found a child's drawing and a few words in Greek. A mystery! A few years later it would not have been such a mystery when many Greek (and Turkish) Cypriots settled in the area. Years later we happened on the identity of the child by chance - a young Greek Cypriot man still living nearby had neighbours who were friends of ours. It was really interesting when he visited as he could tell us how different the house had been when he had lived here as a child - and what had stayed the same (many of the original Edwardian features are still intact).
Many older homes will have intriguing histories of those who lived there years ago but, unless a home is quite grand, most of this history is lost unless you happen to come across it as we did. A Home Base Holidays member, also living in London, has a particularly interesting story about his house (in photo):
'This house was built in 1780 - we found a note behind the panelling from a young man off to start his life in the New World dated 1783 - he went to America.'
How fascinating it would be to find out more about the young man who left his recently built house in London to start a new life so far from home!
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