In case anyone is interested, I lived (briefly) in one of St Pauls Studios on Talgarth Rd in 2004. I had a room in the basement flat. There were three original levels and someone had built a mezzanine over the kitchen in the top floor studio, to take advantage of all the space in the vaulted ceiling. The owner was a really scattered lady who had bought it on impulse and was renting it out as a share house. It had once been owned by Dame Nelly Melba and there was a large mirror on one wall of the studio and a wooden floor for her to practice on. (according to some other residents I shared with)
The rooms were generally large, and it had a sunny south-facing terrace that backed onto Barons Court tube station and at the time, a bright blue front door. Also that narrow window on the front of the house on the studio level opened up like a door and you could sit out there on a narrow ledge and watch the (heavy) traffic go by. By a miracle, the arched window did not leak, and we had a really dramatic summer rainstorm while I was there. I came out of Barons Court tube to find the street six inches deep in water and was relieved to reach the steps of the house to get out of it (and also relieved that somehow the drainage was good enough that my basement room did not flood).
Any Strikefan reading this can imagine my surprise to read and discover that I had lived in a location featured in this wonderful series of books. At first I didn't believe it and had to check google maps to ensure that there wasn't another set of buildings with similar architecture in the area.
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