Calling all architecture sleuths...
There is a house near the bottom of Beresford Road that I walk past every day, which has an extra door. Not a side door or anything, but an extra door RIGHT NEXT to the front door. I've taken a picture from Google Maps to show what I mean. And it's the only house on the street with a mysterious bonus door.
So where does it lead? Does it lead to a strange, thin house sandwiched between the other two? Does it lead to an abandoned passageway? Or does it lead to the bottomless pit from which none may return?
Do you live in the house next door to the door? Do you live IN the strange thin house to which it leads?
Crazed speculation is of course just as welcome as hard facts. Does anyone else think we should get it sealed off with holy water and a pentagram - just to make sure?
I think the original frontage is likely to be for one of the reasons I guessed at. Just looking at an old map for something on Hangar Lane, I happened to notice that one of the present day accesses from Effingham to the land behind wasn't there when the houses were first built. Also you can see that the land behind the houses not used for gardens exactly matches the terrace of which this house is a part. This suggests to to me that the land may well have belonged to the builder of the terrace at the bottom of Beresford, rather than to the Effingham builder. (The terrace is shown in the 1891 map below. Remember the Ladder was built up piecemeal in this way - Builder bought what land they could afford and built anything from two to thirty of forty houses.) This makes a really strong case to me for the doorway being access to the land. There had to be some way of reaching it.
Though this Google street view on Effingham doesn't necessarily support this sole access theory. Doesn't mean it could have been access, but......hmm!
Strange, none of you commented on my 'dummy house' theory. Here it is again if you missed ithttp://www.urban75.org/london/leinster.html
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