Melbury Road and the adjacent street Holland Park Road are dominated by large, highly individual studio houses. Despite war time ravages and London County Council redevelopment plans most still survive. It was the expiration of the leases in 1963 that put the houses under threat from developers.
A vigorous local protest saved most of these splendid houses. Sadly one, Little Holland House, 6 Melbury Road, was demolished. It was replaced by this very non-descript 1960s block of flats called Kingfisher House. But what did Little Holland House look like and who was its most famous resident?
Copyright: J R Rogers
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