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The home of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley is on sale for £1million


It is located on the site where Mary and Percy used to live (Picture: Blue Plaque)

Fancy a home with literary connections?

If you’ve got a spare £1million, you’re in luck

The former home of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, on Marchmont Street in London, is on the market with Dexters for £1,025,000.

It is located on the site where Mary and Percy Shelley used to live and has a brick facade with an English Heritage blue plaque commemorating their time there. 

Inside, the apartment has original wood floors and large sash windows that provide the home with plenty of light. 

A spacious reception room provides a comfortable dining and living space, while the kitchen leads out onto a 27ft decked terrace with high walls for privacy. 

It was in the graveyard down the road that Mary and Percy Shelley tumultuously began a relationship. 

The exterior of the home (Picture: Blue Plaque)

Mary’s relationship with the famous romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley started in 1814 when she was just 16 years old. 

The spooky nature of her art was imitated in life as Mary and Percy courted in the gothic location of the graveyard at St Pancras Old Church.

Mary fell for Percy’s ‘wild, intellectual, unearthly looks’ and the pair allegedly consummated their relationship on her mother Mary Wollstonecraft’s tombstone.

The open plan living space (Picture: Blue Plaque)

Mary’s father disapproved of their relationships and so, the couple ran away with her step sister Claire Clairmont.

They travelled by donkey, mule, carriage and by foot. The couple then crossed war-ravaged France and journeyed into Switzerland before money became an issue and they had to return home. 

Mary was pregnant when she arrived in London and the couple moved into Marchmont Street in Bloomsbury. It is said that Percy likely had an affair with her step-sister Claire. 

The kitchen area (Picture: Blue Plaque)

Mary began writing Frankenstein at just 18. It went on to become one of the most famous gothic novels of all time. 

The story tells the tale of a scientist called Victor Frankenstein who creates a monster that ultimately kills him. 

The decking area (Picture: Blue Plaque)

Michael Keating, Director of Dexters Bloomsbury says of the property: ‘This bright first floor flat offers buyers the opportunity to purchase a piece of history in one of London’s most historic neighbourhoods. 

‘Close to Russell Square tube station and King’s Cross, Marchmont Street has a wide array of pubs, cafes and second-hand bookstores.

For the literary inclined, St Pancras Old Church and its graveyard are still just a 15 minute walk down the road.’

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