Take Me To The Titanic

Apartment in mansion block in Sloane Square for sale for £6.2 million in spite of needing updating; it is within the building from which a Mayor of Chelsea lived and departed to his death on RMS Titanic

 

A third floor flat in a portered mansion block on Sloane Square has gone on sale for £6.2 million ($8 million, €7.3 million or درهم29.5 million) through Cluttons in spite of being decorated like a relic from the 1980s. It is situated above Hugo Boss’ flagship store and within Grade II listed Wyndham House, the building from which a former Mayor of Chelsea went to his untimely death aboard the RMS Titanic in 1912.

 

Previously priced at £6.5 million ($8.4 million, €7.7 million or درهم30.9 million) when marketed by Russell & Simpson in February 2016, the 2,684 square foot lateral apartment includes a 30-foot long reception room, 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and features such details as ornate ceiling friezes and plasterwork and working fireplaces. A larger 5 bedroom flat within Wyndham House sold for the staggering sum of £12 million ($15.5 million, €14.2 million or درهم57 million) in July 2015 according to Land Registry records.

 

Wyndham House resident and Mayor of Chelsea from 1909 to 1911 Charles Head (1869 – 1912) perished aboard RMS Titanic, his body was never recovered but a sundial was erected in his memory in nearby Cadogan Place Gardens

 

Aside from being one of Chelsea’s grandest residential blocks, Wyndham House was at home to one of the victims of the Titanic maritime disaster in the early 1900s and it was from here that Charles Head, Mayor of Chelsea between 1909 and 1911, went to his death in April 1912. Head, a Cambridge educated barrister turned director of Head & Co. insurance brokers and underwriters at Lloyds of London, was a well known supporter of the arts, a councilor from 1906 and had only married 18 months earlier. He travelled alone on a £42 first class ticket (the equivalent of £4,400, $5,700, €5,200 or درهم20,900 today) on the Titanic’s maiden voyage and bizarrely had taken out a £25,000 insurance policy “against ocean accidents”. His precaution left his widow very well provided for given such a sum was the equivalent of £2.6 million today ($3.4 million, €3.1 million or درهم12.4 million).

 

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8 COMMENTS

  1. I have always admired this building and used to go there very often when W. H. Smith’s was on the ground floor. It was a great loss to the area. Thank you for enlightening me about the story of the poor resident Mr Head. Can you imagine him heading off to Southampton not knowing he’d never return? Heartbreaking for his widow – in spite of the millions she got.

  2. Ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! £6.2 million for that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It needs another £1 million spent to make it even vaguely habitable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Forget it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As for the man on the Titanic, maybe it was the wife that took out the policy!!!!!!!!!!!!! I sense a conspiracy!!!!!!!!!!! Did she order the boat sunk????????????

  3. The price, in my humble mind, is at £2,310 psf very ambitious. It needs a major makeover and though a fine building, remember: This is a very busy interchange.

  4. I hope whoever buys it has the good taste to leave it as original as possible. Doubtless, though. Some ghastly, common vulgarian will strip it out and kill any bit of atmosphere it might have.
    Fortunately, it overlooks an untouched and elegant Sloane Square. That would not have been the case had not then K&C councillor, Victoria Borwick not sided with residents to save it.

    • We all know you are some kind of mouthpiece for that useless rubbish MP Lady Borwick. Stop calling her Victoria as her name in correct form is LADY BORWICK. She did not save Sloane Square, she ensured it was left to rot. Nobody uses it. Such a waste. There could be a cafe in the middle accessed from the Royal Court steps and it could be pedestrianised to the south but NIMBYs like you stopped progress. Shame on you. Shame on you.

      • Jackie, you silly, mad thing…
        You want a cafe in the midst of a square….mmm….I suspect you are not quite right in the head.
        Thousands of local residnets, with the support of the admirable Victoria halted it.
        But there are always a few vulgarians like you who would love to plonk a Costa in the middle. Shame on you x20!!

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