Photographs

Beckford Row, the house where HTM was born

Beckford Row, the house where HTM was born

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The house Harriet was born in is 8 Beckford Place. Currently it is the 8th house south of East street on Walworth Road. (Beckford Place is merely a section of Walworth Road.) Currently there is a women’s dress shop on the first floor, but the top three floor were accessible.

4 Christopher Street, the home she and John Taylor occupied when first married no longer exists.

Kent Terrace, the house she and John Taylor shared

Kent Terrace, the house she and John Taylor shared

17 Kent Terrace is a lovely house just off Regent’s Park. John bought this house in the midst of their crisis over JSM. It’s probable that John was trying to entice Harriet to stay with him when he bought this beautiful, then new, house.

Birks Gate, where HTM's parents moved after her marriage

Birks Gate, where HTM’s parents moved after her marriage

Birks Gate

Birks Gate

Birks Gate

Birks Gate

Briks Gate

Briks Gate


Harriet’s parent’s manor, “Birks Gate” is near a tiny (10 houses, maybe, and a pub) village called Thunder Bridge which is south of Kirkburton which is not far from Huddersfield and not very far from York. It is a lovely house and grounds. Again, I had great luck with the current owner in showing me the interior as well as exterior of the house. Harriet did not live in this house, but visited it and wrote about it in her letters to her husband.
Unfortunately I was unable to locate the houses at Keston Heath and in Walton that she lived in apart from John Taylor. Census records did not exist for Walton.

train station near Blackheath, where HTM and JSM lived after marrying

train station near Blackheath, where HTM and JSM lived after marrying

path to Blackheath

path to Blackheath

Blackheath

Blackheath

Blackheath

Blackheath

Blackheath fireplace
Blackheath

Blackheath

The house in Blackheath is number 113, Blackheath Park Road, in/near Greenwich. It is currently divided into 7 flats. The woman in the front flat has been in the house for 50 years and quite graciously allowed me to photograph the inside parlor and dining room which remain very much as they were in Harriet’s time. The exterior of the house is virtually untouched and the grounds are still lovely.

Hotel D'Europe, where HTM died

Hotel D’Europe, where HTM died

Room where HTM died

Room where HTM died


Harriet died in Hotel d’Europe in Avignon. The room that she died in still has curtains that must have been similar to the ones behind which she hid the key to her locked letterbox.

jsm best grave
John’s house in Avignon burned in 1981, so only the trees remain near the St. Veran cemetery where they are both buried.