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Victoriana at 18 Stafford Terrace and the Sambournes

Edward Lynley Sambourne and his wife (Marion) took residence of 18 Stafford Terrace in Kensington in 1874. The Sambourne family and descendants maintained the Victorian style and content.  The house was taken over and maintained by the Victorian Society and then the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in 1989.

The website ⇒ is informative, interesting and shows much of Edward Lylynley Sambourne’s work as an illustrator.   There are a variety of tours available and open house (when photography is allowed) on some afternoons.  Hence the website is an essential read for those who wish to visit and may wish to note there are four flights of stairs without a lift.

The website is also used by Leighton House.  An interesting place but photography is not allowed (2017). 

For 40 years Edward Lynley Sambourne was notable contributor to the comedic and satirical magazine Punch ⇒ (its website includes a large gallery of cartoons).  The house at 18 Stafford Terrace is full of drawings, artworks and some very fine stained glass.  He also created the earliest draft drawings for the illustrated version of the Rev Charles Kingsley’s book the Water-Babies.  More of Edward Lynley Sambourne’s work ⇒ as shown on Flickr.

The house and its atmosphere has been so carefully preserved that it is like walking back in time, although one can only enter the edge of each room.  Enjoy ~  🙂

. . and goodnight all.   🙂

20 responses

  1. Beautiful!


    September 17, 2017 at 14:46

  2. Incredibly well preserved. I love taking these tours with you – thanks for sharing them. 🙂


    September 17, 2017 at 15:26

    • You are welcome. Always pleasing when it is enjoyed by others. 🙂


      September 17, 2017 at 19:06

  3. I especially like the secretary, the stained glass, and chinoiserie!


    September 17, 2017 at 18:43

    • I’m glad you enjoyed, I thought you might. I found myself quite mesmerized by the blue lamp. 🙂


      September 17, 2017 at 19:07

  4. Wonderful post. I love those wndows.

    Liked by 1 person

    September 17, 2017 at 18:59

  5. Reblogged this on notewords and commented:
    Time capsule.

    Liked by 1 person

    September 17, 2017 at 18:59

  6. Wow, what a find. I had never heard of this house, but what an amazing place!


    September 17, 2017 at 22:14

    • Me too. I thought I’d found most of them. There are one or two that are similar but they don’t allow photography. Fortunately, I think this one is the best. 🙂

      Thanks for the visit. 🙂


      September 18, 2017 at 08:34

  7. This home manages to look cozy and inviting as opposed to the usual Victorian overbearing too too much. Lovely, thanks for sharing.


    September 18, 2017 at 04:15

    • You are welcome. Just goes to show that there has always been variety and we can’t entirely trust the stereotypes. Thankfully. 🙂

      Thanks for the visit. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      September 18, 2017 at 08:45

  8. I really like those stained glass windows.


    September 19, 2017 at 15:07

  9. Stained glass!! I loved the tour here with you 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    September 20, 2017 at 00:11

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