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Paul Robeson’s former Hampstead home on market for £6.25 million

10 October, 2014

THE Hampstead home of singer, actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson has gone on sale for over £6million.

The six bedroom property in Branch Hill, Hampstead village was lived in by the Showboat star between 1929 and 1930 during the stage show's original West End run and received a blue plaque from English Heritage in 2002.

The estate agent behind the £6.25m listing, Goldschmidt & Howland, said the Victorian house opposite Hampstead Heath had recently been refurbished and is ideal for a family.

Philip Green, director of agents at the firm's Hampstead office said: “The wonderful thing about Hampstead people come to love in particular is the history of the place.

“We attract buyers who fall in love with the romance and history of the area which is why we think Hampstead does so well compared to other places."

He said the agency, which specialises in historical properties, where confident they would sell the house which was listed last week.

Paul Robeson, who died in 1976, was a celebrated American singer, actor and activist who played the part of 'Joe' in the original Broadway production of Showboat as well as the 1936 movie.

A trained lawyer, he campaigned against racism and fascism in both America and in Europe and was blacklisted during the McCarthy era for his support of Communism.  

 

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