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Porters Estate Agents
Andrew Croft & Co
DU CANE COURT BALHAM SW17
We are in the building most days conducting viewings, valuing flats or speaking with the estate office about lease extensions. Our office is just next door to Du Cane Court between the curry houses and next to the fish & chip shop, not so good for our waist lines!
We now have a waiting list of applicants looking to both buy and rent flats in the block and do not have the properties to meet demands.
Lease extension & advice
Licence to sublet & assign
There are many famous individuals who have resided at Du Cane Court – actresses Margaret Rutherford, Elizabeth Sellars and Hermione Gingold; comedians Tommy Trinder, Derek Roy, and Richard Hearne alias ‘Mr Pastry’; band leaders Harry Roy and Harry Leader, and also most of the Tiller Girls; cricketer Andy Sandham, and table-
Du Cane Court opened in 1937. Three years later, the Blitz was reducing much of London to burning rubble, yet this large apartment block would emerge intact from the fury of Hitler's bombing, and its survival gave rise to some curious rumours.
The area around Du Cane Court certainly did not escape the German bombers' attention. Shortly after 8 p.m. on 14 October 1940, for example, a bomb fell on the High Road, right above the platforms of Balham Underground Station where some 500-
Other bombs, too, fell around this area, yet, despite its size, Du Cane Court itself was never hit. Local residents wondered whether it was being deliberately left alone, and a number of claimed reasons for why this should be have circulated since the early 1940s.
One suggestion is that the building's shape was so easily recognisable from the air that German pilots used it as a navigational landmark and so wanted it kept intact.
Related to this is the suggestion that the building was left alone because it looked like a swastika when viewed from above – an unlikely sounding theory, although with a little imagination one can see how this idea took root:
(Above: Nazi swastika [left] and plan view of Du Cane Court [right].)
Some folk believed that the Germans had valuable spies based here and that the bombers were under orders to protect these assets.
Then there is the persistent belief that Du Cane Court had been earmarked as a residence for senior German officers – or possibly even as a headquarters building for Hitler himself – to be used following the invasion of England.
There may be some truth in one, or more, of these rumours; however, all of these ideas do seem to credit the German bombers with a remarkable ability to drop their payloads over Balham with pinpoint accuracy.
Perhaps the truth behind Du Cane Court's remarkable (but welcome) survival is more mundane: that it was never hit simply because the bombs landed elsewhere.
James C Clark
Metal Window Repairs
We have used Mike from Metal Window Repairs who has been repairing the windows at Du Cane Court for over 30 years and he was excellent, fixing windows we thought were beyond repair.
Call Mike on 020 8810 6283 or 0793 949 9348
Completion went smoothly yesterday so many thanks for organising everything. I have been very impressed by the level of service provided by you and Elizabeth, and your in-
Mr L -
History of K33 from 1968
Du Cane Court is an iconic Art deco building now used as a local landmark in Balham, comprising a mixture of studio, 1,2, 3 and 4 bedrooms flats with an onsite 24 hour concierge reception, landscaped gardens and a communal heating and hot water system.
The original land was purchased in January 1935 and work commenced straight away with completion of the building in late 1937. When finished the block was one of the largest in Europe and certainly one of the most prestigious with sweeping driveways, uniformed concierge and a 7th floor restaurant and bar.
For all those that have ever lived at Du Cane Court the block will retain a special place in their hearts with many memories to pass on.
Looking to the future Du Cane Court is now a hub for the young professional person looking for a convenient location for the commute to work with a thriving High Road and popular restaurants.
When a very dear client & friend walked into my office one sunny June day I had no idea that he would reveal a very rare copy of the original 1937 Du Cane Court Sales brochure, there are many myths and rumours about Du Cane Court and hopefully this original sales brochure will put a few to rest and tease the memories of many.
Read about the dust & post chutes to each flat, Du Cane Court club on the 7th floor with the restaurant & bar, gas was laid down to the first section, Japanese Gardens, the flat cleaning service and the tenants drawn from India, Canada, China & South Africa. Thank you Mr M.
Click the 1937 image above to download a .PDF copy of the brochure and enjoy reading, I certainly did.
For Sale £269,950 L/H