London’s smallest house can be found on Bayswater Road- 10 Hyde Park Place, W2 to be exact…. but what’s the story behind it?
This small residence, which sits off Bayswater Road and is near the Lancaster Gate Tube Station, has got a mysterious history. Some say that the house’s close proximity to the cemetery made it the ideal watchhouse, while others muse that was constructed to serve as servant’s quarters.
The path in question led to St George’s Burial Ground- now St George’s Fields- which is located behind. The proximity of this old graveyard leads to another suggestion: that the little building was, in fact, intended as a watch house, from where an eagle-eyed warden could look out for bodysnatchers…Also plausible is the assumption that the home was built by a Miss Jubb- who lived at number 9 as a residence for her maid and, as she blessed the annexe with a door number, it became a house in its own right.