For Sale – Mews House with an Explosive Past
An usual mews house built on the site of The Catherine Wheel tavern where Guy Fawkes plotted to blow up the Houses of Parliament is now for sale in Catherine Wheel Yard, a private mews named after the 1605 tavern. The contemporary home in the historic cobbled mews, nestled amongst royal addresses, has come to market for £2,250,000. Catherine Wheel Yard, located in a private mews, was given its name in 1680 after a popular tavern where Guy Fawkes plotted treason. It is a modern home offering stylish living just yards from aristocratic Spencer House, and Green Park, where historical firework displays would light up London each November.
Catherine Wheel Yard has a rich history, having been named in 1680 after The Catherine Wheel tavern that was originally built on the site at the start of the 17th century, just before Guy Fawkes planned his infamous explosive assassination. It is believed that prior to his famous attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament on November 5th 1605, Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators used to meet at the tavern to plot killing King James I. The tavern and yard may have even stored some of the gunpowder used in the assassination attempt.
To this day on the 5th November ‘Bonfire Night and Fireworks’ is used to recall the famous events. An effigy of Guy Fawkes is burnt on a bonfire and fireworks are ignited, including a Catherine Wheel Firework, which recalls both the tavern and the martyrdom of Saint Catherine, who was allegedly condemned to death on spiked breaking wheel.
Catherine Wheel Yard is part of private mews, which has six properties, and sits on Spencer House estate, having been rebuilt and redeveloped in the 20th century following the London Blitz. Catherine Wheel Yard is a contemporary home within an ideal central London location, a short walking distance from Michelin starred restaurants, including Seven Park Place by William Drabble, Aquavit, and Ikoyi, and the Royal Automobile Club members club on Pall Mall.
The ground floor opens into a spacious entrance hall, with a family room / study which is ideal for turning into a guest bedroom. There is also a guest bathroom, a utility room, and fitted cupboards offering storage space. The property boasts a parking space directly outside the home, a luxury in this central Westminster location.
The property is entirely south facing, so it benefits from an abundance of natural light, making Catherine Wheel Yard feel airy and spacious. The first floor features an open plan kitchen and reception room offering fantastic space for entertaining guests. The room also offers three large windows ideal for catching glimpses of this year’s fireworks displays across London.
The room also benefits from an elegant glass partition which showcases the property’s contemporary black staircase, and a sleek breakfast bar for additional seating. There is also bespoke fitted wooden panelling, bringing a contemporary finish to the home.
The property’s second floor boasts a sleek master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, which offers both a bathtub and shower. There are also large fitted wardrobes along one wall and a balcony area, which streams light into the home, looking onto the Mews.
Peter Wetherell, comments: “Catherine Wheel Yard is a fantastic opportunity to purchase a modern St James`s home in a historic setting steeped in history. It’s right next to Green Park and has royal neighbours at Spencer House and St James’ Palace. On the site of this historic house there was once a tavern, which is believed to be a key meeting point for Guy Fawkes, and Wetherell are delighted to offer this contemporary home with such an interesting history.”
Catherine Wheel Yard is listed for £2,250,000. For further information CLICK HERE or to arrange a viewing 020 7529 5588