An elegant six-floor west London townhouse which has been dubbed the ‘home of British comedy’ after being the writing haven of Eric Sykes and Spike Milligan for several a long time is in the marketplace for £6.5 million
The 5,697 sq.ft. Victorian constructing, of the address 9 Orme Court, saw legends including Sykes, Milligan, Peter Sellers and Terry Nation walk through its doors and devise scripts for much-loved TV shows including Steptoe and Son and Dr Who and the Daleks.
In its later years, after Milligan sold his share of the property to Sykes, it also became the place where he worked on his Teletubbies voiceovers and rehearsed for roles in Hollywood hits including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Today the townhouse is a classy pad with an ornate first-floor balcony, high ceilings and French doors – plus loads of room for walk-in wardrobes.
The writing haven at 9 Orme Court in Bayswater, west London (pictured), was owned by Spike Milligan and Eric Sykes and welcomed writers including Terry Nation through its doors to work – becoming the birthplace of characters including the daleks and Davros from Dr Who
Today the six-floor townhouse, still owned by Sykes’s family, is accessorised with brilliant furniture while the decoration itself is a blank canvas
The reception room, which appears to be on the highest floor of the property, is furnished with royal blue armchairs while it retains its original floor boards
Considered one of the home’s many offices is a shared working space with several desks and mustard yellow cushioned velvet chairs
The front facade of the property features two blue English Heritage plaques for its former owners, Spike Milligan and Eric Sykes
The house, which currently has two English Heritage Blue plaques on its front red-brick façade for Milligan and Sykes, first became a spot for British comedy in 1953, when the legendary comedians arrange their creative offices in Shepherd’s Bush Green, from which they launched Associated London Scripts (ALS) with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.
Nine years later in 1962, Milligan and Sykes moved their headquarters to 9 Orme Court, which they rented together while subletting rooms to ALS writers.
Today the townhouse, still owned by Sykes’s family, stays an office space as a chic gem in the center of West London with a boutique feel from its cosy rooms accessorised with chic furniture.
Many rooms maintain the c-1890 property’s original hardwood floors, which appear to have been restored to near-perfect condition.
The present owner of the six-floor property appears to have stayed true to the constructing’s history and has maintained Eric Sykes’s former office as a study/home-working space.
The property comes with an ornate balcony on the primary floor – on which the estate agent recommends a latest buyer could put the main bedroom
The home is filled with reception rooms reminiscent of this one which has been kitted out with black leather chairs and a straw rug within the centre of the room
The home incorporates several offices, including this space, where The Goon Show was rehearsed, which now has a gray carpet and white and wicker furniture
One other view of one among the living rooms which has been kitted out with a brilliant red and brilliant green sofa which face one another as the sunshine from French doors pours in
This office, which is furnished with accessories in numerous shades of blue, was the place where Terry Nation wrote Dr Who’s villainous characters, the daleks and Davros
It’s currently kitted out with three desks that are neatly packed into the room and accompanied by mustard yellow velvet cushioned office chairs.
The carpeted lounge, with magnolia partitions, has been kept neutral in its design, save for brilliant green and brilliant red sofas facing one another on all sides of the room.
One other reception room, which appears to be on the highest floor of the townhouse, has maintained its original floorboards and has been decorated with a royal blue armchair, a lavish patterned rug, and a lovely desk which looks prefer it is constituted of mahogany.
In the course of the years it was home to the ALS, Eric Sykes turned the primary floor reception room of the property into his office, while Spike Milligan took the primary floor lounge to the rear.
Spike also had a bedroom on an upper floor – although he furnished his office with a pull-out bed.
While figuring out of the Victorian townhouse, Terry Nation write the 1963 BBC script for Dr Who and The Daleks, which was the primary appearance of the evil bots. In 1975 he went back to 9 Orme Street to write down Genesis of the Daleks, through which Davros made his first appearance.
The townhouse also saw scripts written for several comedies including The Goon Show, Educating Archie, Hancock’s Half Hour, Steptoe and Son and ‘Til Death Do us Part.
Meanwhile Dennis Spooner wrote scripts for Thunderbirds from his office in 9 Orme Street.
Eric continued to work from his first floor office within the property until 2011, the 12 months before he died. From there, he worked on voiceovers for Teletubbies and rehearsed for parts in Hollywood movies including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Now the comedian’s family, who currently own the property, have decided to sell up with a view to returning the constructing to residential use – subject to liaison with Westminster City Council.
Estate agent Carter Jonas recommends the second floor – where the Daleks were written – should grow to be the main bedroom, complete with a marble bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe.
On the 2 floors above it recommends 4 more bedrooms, each with walk-in wardrobes. It also estimates space for a fitness studio or perhaps a separate studio flat on the lower ground floor.