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Tanners Hill

Photograph by David Grandorge

This remarkable restoration and conversion of a Grade II listed late 17th Century house, completed in 2012, has been widely celebrated in the architecture press for its rich layering of historical elements with contemporary detail. “Exemplary”, was how the critic Jay Merrick described the project, “an engrossing temporal puzzle”. 25 Tanners Hill was awarded the prestigious RIBA London Regional Award 2013 as well as having been shortlisted for numerous other awards.

Completed by renowned and highly respected architects Dow Jones for an art collector and gallerist, the award-winning house features a series of sublime, open as well as intimate spaces, on an extended ground floor, the front at times used as an art gallery, with a further two floors of accommodation. The first floor is occupied by two bedrooms, both of which lead onto a central shower room and wc, whilst the second floor is entirely taken up by a bedroom suite that incorporates a dressing room and bathroom.

The original part of the ground floor is taken up with two reception rooms (dining, library), presently doubling as an art gallery. A wide corridor bordering a very private courtyard (a sun trap in spring and summer), used as a permanent gallery area by the current owners, leads to the main large reception space which also overlooks and accesses the courtyard. The double height kitchen lies beyond, flooded with light from the part glazed ceiling giving uninterrupted views of the sky; a walk-in larder sits behind original brick walls, formerly Victorian stables. There are polished concrete floors throughout the ground floor; this smooth surface is juxtaposed with a wonderfully hewn wall of exposed original lime plaster and timber joinery, the layers of pigment mostly originating from the early 18th Century. It was this wall, and the original timber beams, that perhaps most captured the imagination of Merrick, The Independent’s architecture critic, who wrote:

“You encounter this beamed, flakily multicoloured wall (now stabilised) the moment you enter the building. The brick and old ships’ timbers rise from the polished concrete floor… with the vivacity of an abstract expressionist artwork… And from here, the ground floor stretches away southwards through very different spaces in an enfilade tableau, with Pieter de Hooch painted all over it, as it were. On the ground floor of No 25 Tanners Hill, we are in a realm of brusque material and spatial counterpoints.”

The polished concrete floor unifies the interior with the exterior space of the courtyard, which utilises similarly hued granite setts.

The rear of the property shows detailing from the Victorian era in which it was originally constructed alongside more modern elements. Charred bricks, 19th century tiles and iron beams sit alongside polished concrete worktops, hardwood cabinets and a row of newly-fitted skylights.

As part of the renovation, Dow Jones have incorporated extensive insulation and although it feels imbued with history it functions fully as a 21st century home.

The house is very well connected, being a short walk from both Deptford and New Cross stations where the East London Line has a branch, leading to Shoreditch High Street in 15 minutes and Dalston in 20. Charing Cross, Waterloo East, Cannon Street and London Bridge stations can all be reached from one of these in under a quarter of an hour. Deptford Bridge with DLR trains to Canary Wharf, Bank and London City Airport is three minutes walk away. Historic Greenwich is also within short walking distance, with its extensive restaurants, the excellent Picturehouse cinema, world class museums and monuments and the glorious Royal Greenwich Park.

Deptford is a thriving area of London with a growing cultural profile and now recognised as one of the most fashionable parts of South London. It has a range of outstanding local galleries, pubs and restaurants, as well as being convenient for surrounding areas such as New Cross, Greenwich and Bermondsey. The river Thames borders Deptford, where the boat building for Henry VIII used to take place and from where Captain Cook sailed.

  • Tanners Hill:  Corridor & hallway by The Modern House

    Tanners Hill

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 1
    ["EN"] [Published] 17th century house conversion, Tanners Hill

    Photograph by David Grandorge

  • Tanners Hill:  Houses by The Modern House

    Tanners Hill

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 2
    ["EN"] [Published] Homes for the modern British family
    ["EN"] [Published] 17th century house conversion, Tanners Hill

    Photograph by David Grandorge

  • Tanners Hill:  Corridor & hallway by The Modern House

    Tanners Hill

    Photograph by David Grandorge

  • Tanners Hill:  Dining room by The Modern House

    Tanners Hill

    Editors’ Ideabooks with this photo
    Ideabooks: 2
    ["EN"] [Published] 17th century house conversion, Tanners Hill
    ["EN"] [Published] Mid-century makeovers

    Photograph by David Grandorge

  • Tanners Hill:  Houses by The Modern House

    Tanners Hill

    Photograph by David Grandorge

  • Tanners Hill:  Houses by The Modern House

    Tanners Hill

    Photograph by David Grandorge

  • Tanners Hill:  Corridor & hallway by The Modern House

    Tanners Hill

    Photograph by David Grandorge

  • Tanners Hill:  Corridor & hallway by The Modern House

    Tanners Hill

    Photograph by David Grandorge

  • Tanners Hill:  Corridor & hallway by The Modern House

    Tanners Hill

    Photograph by David Grandorge

  • Tanners Hill:  Corridor & hallway by The Modern House

    Tanners Hill

    Photograph by David Grandorge

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