There arent many properties on the market that warrant their own photography exhibition. But thats exactly what this historical gem got back 2013, when the local independent Genesis Cinema displayed this unique property “in a state of glorious dereliction.”

The Lodge, Bow, £949,950

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Now, its been refurbished into a palatial two bedroom home and its on the market for just under £1m.

Built in 1848, St Clement was originally an unusually grand workhouse complex in Bow designed by architect Richard Tress, with Siberian marble pillars, a chapel with an organ, stained-glass windows and a dining hall 100 feet long. It even had an early form of central heating.

Then it became St Clements Hospital for the City of London Union in 1874, then the Bow Institution, before reverting back to its original name to become a psychiatric unit. It was taken over by The Royal London Hospital in the late 60s, then eventually closed down in 2005 as part of organisational changes in Barts Health NHS Trust.

Ever since, this miraculous building has been empty, apart from a brief hiatus last year when Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle hosted community film festival called Shuffle there.

The Lodge offers buyers the chance to live in a truly historic east London site

Its stunning brickwork is protected by a Grade II heritage listing, which remains intact after the refurbishment undertook by developer Linden Homes, which is converting the entire heritage site for residential use. The detached house, however, is the jewel in the crown. It retains a vaulted ceiling in the living/dining room, but now has a fitted kitchen, two double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and a private terrace on the ground floor.

“The Lodge offers buyers the chance to live in a truly historic east London site whilst enjoying a property refurbished to the highest standards,” says Mike Bickerton, partner and head of UK new homes at selling agent Cushman & Wakefield. “Bow is a buzzing community and The Lodge also benefits from second-to-none transport links.”

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With Mile End station just 300 metres away the Docklands Light Railway also close by at Bow Church, its a convenient location for commuting to the City of London, Canary Wharf and London City Airport.

Call Cushman & Wakefield on 020 3296 2222

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