The History of Abbey Road Studios – Part 9 of 9

By early 1929, the Eyre Estate had decided to sell 3 Abbey Road and their first thought was to offer the house and land to the Central London Building Company that owned The Lady Worker Homes at 1 Abbey Road. On April 5, 1929, the estate sent a letter to the LBC and offered the property to them for £12,500 even though the inspectors had placed a value of only £10k. They received a reply from the representatives for Francis Henry Meyers “the Managing Director of the Central London Building Company Limited…”

In the meantime, another offer for the property came in from Lady Poynter, wife of Sir Ambrose Poynter. She had opened a Decorator shop in London in 1924 and her husband was a famous London architect.

After a month’s delay, the Eyre Estate accepted F.H. Meyers offer of £12,500 thinking he was representing the London Building Company but in all actuality he was purchasing the property for himself.

In the meantime, the representatives for 5 Abbey Road jumped into the negotiations state that, “…we understand the property adjoining is shortly to be demolished. Our client is desirous of purchasing a small portion of the adjoining land amounting to some 70’ long by approximately 3’ wide to enable her to get access to her garden.”, but unfortunately, the sale had already gone through to F.H. Meyers that same day.

It’s not known whether or not F.H. Meyers every actually lived at 3 Abbey Road or what he had intended to do with the property, but by December of that same year, the house was placed on the auction block.

According to the auction program, this is what the house looked like:

Second Floor Attic: Two Bedrooms
First Floor (upstairs): 7 Bedrooms & a WC
   1. 18’ x 15’
   2. 18’ x 15’6”
   3. 24’ x 16’3”
   4. 15’6” x 15’
   5. 9’6” x 6’6”
   6. 15’6” x 15’
   7. 16’9” x 15’3”

Half Landing: Bath Room

Entrance Floor (1st floor):

  • Dining Room 23’ x 15’ with a lift to the kitchen in the basement
  • Drawing Room 39’ x 18’
  • Library 15’ x 14’6”
  • Morning Room 23’ x 16’
  • Study 15’ x 10’
  • WC

Half Basement: Kitchen, Scullery (for washing dishes and clothes), Servants’ Hall, Pantry, Two servant bedrooms, Larder (pantry), Wine Cellar and W.C.

The house never made it to auction. F.H. Meyers accepted an offer of £16k for the property from the Gramophone Company, making a sizable profit in less than 6 months of ownership.

If you’d like to learn more about 3 Abbey Road after Gramophone purchased it in 1929, I highly recommend you get a copy of Brian Southall’s book – Abbey Road.


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