Sisters’ Place Doors

The door and gates at 169 Church St, Stoke Newington, London:

A small wooden porch gives protection to the door rather than the caller. The single door may have been originally double. There is a lovely stained glass window over the door. Two square pillars support a beautiful, wrought-iron gate made by a Bristol blacksmith (date unknown). The gate has a scrollwork of ribbons, leaves and berries. It has a French style. On top of the gate was probably an eagle on a ball. These are replacement gates and railings as the original ones were taken for the War Effort (post 1939).

The house:

In approximately 1714 Edward Newen demolished the old building on the site and built a four story Queen Anne house with an “M” shaped roof to reduce height and keep the roof within the parapet. The name “Sisters’ House” was first used between 1849 and 1867 because it belonged to the four Bridge sisters.

Soon after the house was built Daniel Defoe wrote Robinson Crusoe in his house nearby when he was 59.

After the Great Fire (1666), houses had to be built of brick and tile with pediments at the roofline to hide the wooden roof joists. By 1707 window frames had to be set back into the walls by the thickness of one brick. Party walls between houses had to be thick enough to resist fire for six hours. Houses were supposed to have a balcony on the first floor so that occupants could be rescued by ladder if necessary.


Created for Norm’s Thursday Doors March 3, 2016

In case you are interested: Videos of a walking tour of the Great Fire of London by the Museum of London

Stoke Newington
Sisters’ Place Doors, Stoke Newington 12/25/2015


10 thoughts on “Sisters’ Place Doors

  1. Norm 2.0 2016-03-03 / 1:45 pm

    Wonderful post Sherry thanks for sharing this. What amazes me most about the great fire is how little seemed to have been learned from it in the new world. Most of North America’s oldest big cities: Montreal, Boston, New York and Chicago, went through similar experiences, though not as wide scale, and for some of the very same building code weaknesses.
    On a different subject, just a friendly reminder about the link-up tool; the link to your post goes in the 1st field, your name or the name of your blog in the 2nd & your email in the 3rd. I noticed that your link wasn’t working so went I went in to fix it.
    Thanks for joining us!

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  2. joey 2016-03-03 / 8:44 am

    Lovely — the gate is even lovelier. Interesting history, too. The Great Fire must have been monumentally disastrous for such new building codes to have been implemented.

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