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Historical Property Captain Blyth’s Home Joins the Market

Aug 24, 2021

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Historical Property Captain Blyth’s Home Joins the Market

A characterful blue-plaque, blue-doored Georgian townhouse in London is listed on Boomin via Foxtons. Previously belonging to Captain William Bligh (or “Blyth” as it’s sometimes written) and his family, the historical home is perfectly located opposite the Imperial War Museum’s gardens and is moments away from Westminster.

Perhaps you know William Bligh as a sailor and for the infamous mutiny on board the HMS Bounty, or as the governor of New South Wales in Australia.

Bligh was tasked with sourcing breadfruit plants from Tahiti and delivering them to the West Indies. But once he collected the plants, mutiny struck. Bligh and 18 members of the crew were abandoned on a small boat with just days’ worth of food and water. With Bligh’s expert navigation (just a sextant and a pocket watch to aid!), the crew survived the 42-day voyage to a Dutch settlement.

From disaster to triumph, even today this open-boat voyage is recognised as one of the most extraordinary feats ever achieved in sailing.

Built in the 1780s, Bligh lived in this house with his wife and children for more than 10 years after the 1789 mutiny, before he was appointed Governor of New South Wales. Adorned with a blue plaque, packed full of history and restored with care, let’s dive on into the property.

Having been vastly extended in the 1920s, this wonderful home totals 3347 square meters and now offers flexible accommodation as well as a rear garden and roof terrace.

With 6 bedrooms, the property is well-proportioned, suitable for a family of all sizes. The reception/dining rooms are aplenty (there’s 3 of them), and there’s a semi-open plan kitchen with an eclectic mix of old and new. Other rooms are more characterful: a bathroom wallpapered to look like a library, a purple ceiling and yellow walls.

Take a stroll outside and you’ll find a quaint garden with seating (appropriately shaped as an oval ship) and a roof terrace. It’s your own slice of quiet amongst the bustling city.

If you’re after a home fizzing with history, then you’ll love Bligh’s old stomping ground. See the full listing and book a viewing online, 24/7 with instant confirmation by Foxtons.