Spitalfields flats steeped in history

Built in the 18th century, flats at Wesley Court feature distinctive and quirky architecture.

Celebrated and listed Hanbury Hall in Spitalfields has a remarkable heritage. It started life in the 18th century as a Huguenot church, then became a Methodist chapel where John Wesley, a co-founder of the religious movement, preached from the pulpit. Charles Dickens used the building for public readings of his works, while the founding meeting of the British trade union movement also took place there.

The architectural legacy of the building, pictured, has survived and is being redesigned as part of a collaboration between the church community and developer Thornsett, which has refurbished the main hall and created eight flats in formerly dilapidated and under-used rooms. Inevitably, they are quirky spaces, one with a distinctive circular window, yet smart and modern.

Renamed Wesley Court, prices start at £575,000. Call estate agent Fyfe Mcdade on 020 7613 4923.

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