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It's hard to believe but Clerkenwell once had no residential estate agents. Then loft living came along... With EC1 continuing to prove its worth as one of London's top postcodes, we ask: how much do you know about the area?

We've seen Clerkenwell change a lot over the past 20 years. It was Greene & Co non-executive directors John Hitchcox and Harry Handelsman who first brought New York-style loft living to the UK, to Clerkenwell, in 1992, via their company, the Manhattan Loft Corporation. The warehouse flats they built on Summers Street sparked a whole new trend and helped to put EC1 back on the London map. Since then, it has evolved into one of the city's most fashionable postcodes.

Clerkenwell began life as a village just outside the City walls. By the 17th century, it had become a popular place of residence. It was then that it also began to gain a reputation for craftsmanship and creativity, thanks to the arrival of the Huguenots, who brought with them their great skills in jewellery and clock-making.

Industry took over the area for most of the twentieth century and it gradually moved into decline... But then, in the 1980s, it experienced a renewed interest – from architects and property developers. Nowadays, disused warehouses, printing works and distilleries have been transformed into soughtafter apartment blocks. The area that once had no need for a residential estate agent now has a property market that continues to thrive. You may be surprised at just how much the value of your property in EC1 has increased.

Greene & Co managing director, David Pollock, has written a book, 101 Things your Estate Agent Should Tell you When Buying or Selling a Property. To pick up a copy, or for more information about what we can do for you, whether you're buying, selling, renting or letting, drop into our branch at 70 Clerkenwell Road. Alternatively, call 020 7251 8877 or visit www.greene.co.uk

5 Things you might not know about clerkenwell

1. It was described as "the nearest thing London has to Manhattan's Soho" by Vogue in February 1996. This was largely due to the completion of the Summers Street Lofts building by the Manhattan Loft Corporation in 1992
2. St John's Gate, built in 1504, is the oldest surviving building in Clerkenwell. It was once home to William Hogarth, the artist
3. Farringdon was one of the first underground stations in London. It was the terminus for The Metropolitan Railway, the world's first public subway, which began operating in 1863
4. Charles Dickens used to bank at The Finsbury Savings Bank on Sekforde Street, which closed in the 1960s. The building is now a house.
5. Thirties-built Florin Court in Charterhouse Square is used by ITV as the filming location for the exterior of Hercule Poirot's home.

5 Things you might not know about Greene & co

1. The company was established in 1982, in West Hampstead. It now has six offices across London, serving West Hampstead, Maida Vale, Crouch End, Belsize Park, Clerkenwell and Kensal Rise, all specialising in residential sales, lettings and new homes.
2. Urban Spaces, London's unique property specialist, is part of the Greene & Co group
3. We have more than 70,000 visitors to our websites every month
4. The Sunday Times and The Times awarded us Marketing Estate Agent of the Year 2013
5. We like to share with our customers everything we know about property – hence our book, 101 Things your Estate Agent Should Tell you When Buying or Selling a Property. We also have a knowledge bank of ebooks, area guides and videos on our website, www.greene.co.uk

 

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