I know from all of your messages that when a cruel troublemaker put about the rumour that the house which David lived in and many of you visited us at might soon be demolished, David’s friends and long-term followers were distressed. The thought of the house going so soon after David was adding unnecessarily to your burden of grief – and to a feeling of loss, for a world so warm and familiar which encapsulated David himself.

I am therefore very pleased to be able to tell you all that the house in Muswell Hill Road which was David’s home for well over half his life is not going to be demolished. That is, if planning permission is granted for various internal modifications which will return the property from an HMO to a family home, which is highly likely. And even then it wouldn’t just be demolished!

The new owners deserve their privacy, but we have many Muswell Hillbilly friends in common re: civic and community connections, and I can assure you all that the house is now in very safe hands indeed. Plus, with all the planned restorations the south west chimney won’t fall down! The nights David gripped my shoulders, or me his, when storms gripped Muswell Hill and it started to sway …

What a massive relief all of this is! And I wish the new owners the best of luck. Thank you!

The illustrative photograph shows David and his granddaughter Lauryn standing outside the house in May 2010. What a cutie!!

Della (Farrant)

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