Built in 1858 on the Phillimore Estate, this house was first occupied by a dentist and cupper (or practitioner of blood-letting).  Subsequent residents included H.M. Chief Inspector of Factories, a landscape painter and the architect Edward I'Anson, who with his father was responsible for many of the commercial buildings in the City of London.  In 1915 the house was taken by the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Victories for their presbytery, and was occupied by priests for the next twenty years.

In 1945 the house and its four immediate neighbours were requisitioned for use as a 'halfway' hostel for more than a decade.  After modernisation, residents included the judge Sir Ronald Waterhouse - at that time a junior prosecuting counsel at the trial of the Moors murderers - and a member of the Hambro banking family.