Dennis Severs' House

Dennis Severs' House An 18th Century time capsule in Spitalfields, London which is open to the public for daytime and evening tours. www.dennissevershouse.co.uk The house is a time capsule - sometimes opened up.
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Its creator was Dennis Severs, an artist who used his visitors' imaginations as his canvas and who lived in the house in much the same way as its original occupants might have done in the early 18th Century. Dennis Severs called his unique spectators sport "still-life drama", and his goal was to provide his visitors with a rare moment in which to become as lost in another time as they appear to be in their own.

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Far up to carefully concealed secrets; to skeletons stored in cupboards, ghosts and over-crowding. To children and serva...
07/05/2020

Far up to carefully concealed secrets; to skeletons stored in cupboards, ghosts and over-crowding. To children and servants kept in attics; to a place with no way of escape, we rise up in revolution.
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Dennis Severs 1948 - 1999
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Far up to carefully concealed secrets; to skeletons stored in cupboards, ghosts and over-crowding. To children and serva...
07/05/2020

Far up to carefully concealed secrets; to skeletons stored in cupboards, ghosts and over-crowding. To children and servants kept in attics; to a place with no way of escape, we rise up in revolution.
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Dennis Severs 1948 - 1999
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Standing before you in all its glory is the toilet mirror from the Queen Anne period, owned by Elizabeth Jarvis’ Grandmo...
30/04/2020

Standing before you in all its glory is the toilet mirror from the Queen Anne period, owned by Elizabeth Jarvis’ Grandmother. A unique part of the Oriental inspired master bedroom created by Dennis Severs and so fashionable in the late 18th century. Laden with all her possessions of beautification, the pearls that adorned her neck and her wig whose feathers patiently rest upon the stand to the left. Take note of her gloves, fan and shoe buckles, all casually cast aside creating the illusion of life, interrupted, not absent but still like a painting.
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Please help keep the home fires of Dennis Severs’ House burning! Treat yourself or give the gift of one of our new onlin...
26/04/2020

Please help keep the home fires of Dennis Severs’ House burning! Treat yourself or give the gift of one of our new online vouchers to family or friends - something to look forward to! Our gift vouchers are undated so can be redeemed at any time.
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Every gift voucher purchased goes a long way in helping us maintain our historic house through this period of closure. One of our most popular visits is the ’Exclusive Silent Night’. A magical wander by candlelight through the house’s ten rooms after which you are able to sit by a roaring fire of your choice, champagne in hand with the opportunity to ask the curatorial team any questions you may have in an informal atmosphere.
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Please visit the link in our bio to our online shop ☝️
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Thank you so much for all your messages of support. Please continue to stay safe and well and keep in touch.
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From all at Dennis Severs’ House x
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“What will you see, then, when the door is opened? It is a gate, a pathway into another time. An adventure of the imagination.”
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- Dennis Severs 1948 - 1999
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Here is the kitchen the warm and welcoming hub of this 18th Century home, the domain of the house cook Rebecca Philpot -...
22/04/2020

Here is the kitchen the warm and welcoming hub of this 18th Century home, the domain of the house cook Rebecca Philpot - four feet five inches tall, with bright red hair and blue eyes who can on occasion behave like a herring on a griddle.
Her motto: Never mind your own business.
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In this current climate Dennis Severs’ House needs your help! By purchasing one of our gift vouchers it will go a long w...
16/04/2020

In this current climate Dennis Severs’ House needs your help! By purchasing one of our gift vouchers it will go a long way in helping maintain our historic building through this period of closure. Please consider buying one as a gift for a friend or a family member as something exciting to look forward to. They are undated so can be used at any time, as soon as we reopen.
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One of our most popular is the ‘Silent Night’ gift voucher, a chance to visit the house in the evening when it is at it’s most stunning and mysterious. With the fires ablaze and candles lit, immerse yourself in one of the richest periods of Spitalfields history at our 18th Century home.
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Please click on the link in our bio to purchase ☝️
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We hope it won’t be too long before the doors of Dennis Severs’ House will open once more but in the meantime please stay safe and well and keep in touch x
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Thank you so much @gingerbreadmaid for being part of our very first Instagram take over and a most mouth watering one at...
14/04/2020

Thank you so much @gingerbreadmaid for being part of our very first Instagram take over and a most mouth watering one at that! You set a much needed cheerful challenge for us to do at home.
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Having wetted our appetite for home baking we thought we must share some historic recipes from 18 Folgate Street. So keep your eyes peeled for delights such as dandelion wine and marrow pickle two of Rebecca Philpot’s absolute favourites.
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I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable and safe Easter weekend. Thanks SO much to @dennissevershouse for having me - I’ve ab...
13/04/2020

I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable and safe Easter weekend. Thanks SO much to @dennissevershouse for having me - I’ve absolutely loved doing this little Instagram takeover and sharing my love of patterns and gingerbread with you all!
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If you’ve been inspired to make some decorative gingerbread tiles yourself then please do share your pics using the hashtag #dennisseversbakes - I’d love to see them. Here are a few examples of real life patterns that I’ve taken and transformed into edible versions. I just love taking inspiration from interiors, particularly ones so rich and full of interest as the rooms in Dennis’s House. As well as tiles, I also enjoy focusing on the details in antique furniture design and fireplaces; my favourite part of the Christmas DSH building was making the gingerbread chairs and tables to go in the miniature gingerbread dining room.
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I’ve also previously made a whole series of cakes featuring the round, symmetrical patterns of old, cast iron coal covers (like manhole covers). There really are beautiful patterns everywhere you look and there’s no reason they can’t make incredible bakes.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

If you’d like some more gingerbread and baking inspiration please follow me over on @gingerbreadmaid. Wishing you all a lovely Easter Monday. 👋
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I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable and safe Easter weekend. Thanks SO much to @dennissevershouse for having me - I’ve ab...
13/04/2020

I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable and safe Easter weekend. Thanks SO much to @dennissevershouse for having me - I’ve absolutely loved doing this little Instagram takeover and sharing my love of patterns and gingerbread with you all!
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If you’ve been inspired to make some decorative gingerbread tiles yourself then please do share your pics using the hashtag #dennisseversbakes - I’d love to see them. Here are a few examples of real life patterns that I’ve taken and transformed into edible versions. I just love taking inspiration from interiors, particularly ones so rich and full of interest as the rooms in Dennis’s House. As well as tiles, I also enjoy focusing on the details in antique furniture design and fireplaces; my favourite part of the Christmas DSH building was making the gingerbread chairs and tables to go in the miniature gingerbread dining room.
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I’ve also previously made a whole series of cakes featuring the round, symmetrical patterns of old, cast iron coal covers (like manhole covers). There really are beautiful patterns everywhere you look and there’s no reason they can’t make incredible bakes.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

If you’d like some more gingerbread and baking inspiration please follow me over on @gingerbreadmaid. Wishing you all a lovely Easter Monday. 👋
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Wishing you a very happy Easter Sunday! I hope you’re having a lovely sunny weekend. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀For those of you who fancy d...
12/04/2020

Wishing you a very happy Easter Sunday! I hope you’re having a lovely sunny weekend.
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For those of you who fancy doing some baking this weekend, check our Instagram stories for my trusty gingerbread recipe (for a written version, including baking temps and times), along with some examples of how I like to recreate patterns. As you can see, I LOVE using a combination of painted edible metallic + detailed piped royal icing. My decorations tend to keep quite a lot of the gingerbread visible, because I love the contrast of the deep brown background and don’t like to add too much icing/sugar to the overall flavour of the biscuits.
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If you’ve been inspired to make your own edible tiles, there are all sorts of great decoration materials you can find in your kitchen cupboard: nuts (almonds are perfect) and/or dried fruit create really interesting textures (as well as enhancing the flavour of the finished product) and can be attached using a little royal icing (egg white mixed with icing sugar) or melted sugar. If you do have some fondant icing that’s a really easy way of creating a pattern – simply roll it out, use a normal kitchen knife to cut out shapes, and build up the design as you go. Or if you have a stash of family favourite biscuits, think about how you could cut them into useful shapes to form your pattern; chocolate fingers and pink wafers are particularly good for this. Use a sharp or serrated knife to slowly saw through them. Let me know how you get on!
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Emily from @gingerbreadmaid here! When it comes to translating an existing design to use in my baking projects, I always...
11/04/2020

Emily from @gingerbreadmaid here! When it comes to translating an existing design to use in my baking projects, I always start by drawing some of the main elements on squared paper, just to get the dimensions roughed out. Or, if the object is accessible, I sometimes even trace patterns directly onto tracing paper (or baking parchment, which I tend to have lots of!)
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I spend some time getting the basic elements laid out, but then will often cut out shapes for the remainder of a design - from paper, card or biscuits (if I have offcuts to use up) - and physically move them around until I’m happy with it. And for my 3D gingerbread work I’ll build whole structures out of cardboard so I can cut and resize pieces as I go before I decide on the final design. I find this combination of rigidity and fluidity results in new, creative, but achievable designs.
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Tomorrow I’m going to share my classic gingerbread recipe with you, so if you’d like to bake some gingerbread tiles, spend some time mapping out the decoration today. Try plain/squared/parchment paper and pencils/pens to copy an existing design, or just cut out shapes and create your own symmetrical, tile-like pattern. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
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Welcome to the first day of my Instagram takeover for @dennissevershouse! I’m Emily from @gingerbreadmaid and I’m going ...
10/04/2020

Welcome to the first day of my Instagram takeover for @dennissevershouse! I’m Emily from @gingerbreadmaid and I’m going to be sharing how I come up with exciting baking designs inspired by beautiful interiors (like Dennis Severs’ House). Hopefully you’ll also be inspired to try out some new ideas while baking at home this Easter weekend.
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Today’s pic is the wall in my kitchen-studio; as you’ll see, tile designs are a big influence on me. And there are SO MANY exquisite tiles throughout Dennis’s House - some so hidden you have to crouch to get a glimpse of them. (Swipe to see my personal favourite, a hand-painted tile of Gilbert & George 😍)
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I find the symmetry and detail of tile patterns work really well on cakes, biscuits and other treats, and you can choose how much of the pattern to use, keeping it simple or going all out recreating the glorious intricacies. (I tend to prefer the latter as I get really into piping lots of little lines and dots of icing.)
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Please comment below if you have any beautiful tiles in your home and are up for the challenge of recreating the design in baked form.
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Tomorrow I’ll be sharing all my top tips for exactly how to do that, so see you then! @ Dennis Severs' House

09/04/2020

📣 News Flash - Instagram Takeover! 📣
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We are delighted to announce that our recent Christmas collaborator and all round baking genius Emily @gingerbreadmaid will be taking over our Instagram account this Easter! Needless to say we are ridiculously over excited to see what treats, challenges and culinary secrets she will share with us to get us baking at home! So dust off those oven mitts, get your apron on and keep your baking eyes peeled for her first post tomorrow!
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🎥 by Benjie Croce
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Please help Dennis Severs’ House through this period of closure. Treat yourself or give the gift of one of our new online vouchers to family or friends - something to look forward to!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Our gift vouchers are undated so can be redeemed at any time.
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For as little as £10 for a ‘Daytime Visit’ gift voucher you can enjoy a peaceful saunter through our ten historic rooms with the hubbub of Spitalfields Market as your backdrop. An imagined family of Huguenot silkweavers are in residence at ‪18 Folgate Street‬ seemingly always just out of sight. Witness how the passage of time affects the silk trade from its early pomp to near collapse.
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Please visit the link in our bio to our online shop ☝️
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Above all please stay safe and well and keep in touch and thank you for your continuing support.
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From all at Dennis Severs’ House x
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The Honourable Madge Whitechapel is being well looked after and adapting admirably to her new surroundings - a new centu...
07/04/2020

The Honourable Madge Whitechapel is being well looked after and adapting admirably to her new surroundings - a new century indeed - in a contemporary gallery space in Bethnal Green thankfully not far from her usual home. Her Madgesty misses ‪18 Folgate Street‬ with the endless nooks and crannies to explore and the many friendly spiders she had built up such a good rapport with over the years. On the upside she is absolutely flabbergasted by the invention ’the radiator’ and finds it particularly hard not to spend her entire day happily wedged underneath it. She has also developed quite a keen eye for contemporary art.
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Thank you IMT Gallery for taking care of our dear Madge. We will keep updating you with her progress and her newly acquired taste for the Contemporary London Art scene.
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Happy Birthday Madge ..😻😻
Going in March as a 60th birthday present from my sister and brother in law, can not wait 😊
After many years of "must go there", today was finally the day. What a haunting and enchanted place. I feel it will stay with me for a long time. Thank you.
I just read up on this House and the story behind it, and I must say I am so intrigued.... Wow
Because of its uniqueness.
Hi, Would like to come to one of the Sunday admissions. Is it so busy that it's necessary to come early? Or will we be Ok anytime before last admission? (Dec 16). Thank you.
Next visit to London which will be next year I must visit this place.
Have just seen the out and about on the Central line posters and Your listed for Liverpool Street 😊
Carolyn Abela
Great tour... Denise Capper Schmidt Niki Krauss
This is a remarkable house to visit in Spitalfields, East London, you really feel you have stepped into someone's private home. Each room depicts different eras of time, e.g. Georgian, Victorian, Dickensian, etc. Real fires and food half eaten, even a real cat snoozing on the windowsill. Hear muffled voices- quite spooky. One of the gems of London. Check it out!
I absolutely loved this house, but feel I didn't truly absorb everything. After reading more about it, I'd love to take another tour. I think advance preparation definitely enhances the experience. Can't wait to return!