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Patty Hopkins on Neave Brown's newly-listed Winscombe terrace

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Patty Hopkins speaks of her time living in Neave Brown’s terrace of houses in Camden which was given a grade II-listing last week

Patty Hopkins on Winscombe Terrace

Patty Hopkins

We lived at 32 Winscombe Street for 8 years, from it’s completion in 1966 until 1974, when the house had become too small for our growing young family and we sold it to finance the house we were building in Downshire Hill.

Living at Winscombe was a very positive experience for us and the five households that made up the Pentad Housing Association. It was built on one tennis court and we managed to acquire the adjoining one, so that our small individual terraces gave on to a big shared garden.  It was a paradise for the children.

It was our first experience of living in a properly designed, modern house

It was our first experience of living in a properly designed, modern house. We loved the simple but elegant materials - painted blockwork party walls, big plywood floor panels, beautifully detailed plywood stair, stained softwood doors and windows. Everything bespoke and carefully detailed.

The layout of parents on top, children at garden level and kitchen / dining in between was an interesting one, which didn’t quite work for us initially, as our children were a bit small for the separation and I remember a lot of to-ing and fro-ing up and down the spiral stairs at night. Also ideally the middle floor, where we all spent a lot of time together, would have been bigger. It was constricted in length by the entrance and a balcony overlooking the garden. But these were minor quibbles caused by the restrictions of a terrace house. We were privileged to live there.


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