A Georgian silk merchant’s house located in Spitalfields and sensitively converted for use as the head office of the charity the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).

Hear about the Society’s work and see inside this wonderfully atmospheric working building.

The Spitalfields headquarters of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) – the country’s oldest building conservation charity, founded by William Morris in 1877. Brick-built, Grade II-listed former silk merchant’s house of c1740. Built on the site of an earlier priory when the silk trade was at its peak and now the only 18th-century building left on Spital Square. Many surviving original features (including staircase, panelling and fireplaces), as well as sensitive later work, notably from the 1980s rescue and office conversion. Rear courtyard with shade-loving plants, amongst which are herbs associated with Nicholas Culpeper, the physician and apothecary who once lived locally.

This property is viewable only through Invitation to View

Tour features

An introductory talk on the SPAB followed by a guided tour of the property. This will include its principal rooms, basement, attic and rear courtyard garden. Visitors also receive some SPAB literature, including a booklet on the building’s history, and the bookshop will be open.


By public transport: London Liverpool Street station is just a 5-minute walk away. Leave the station via the Bishopsgate exit. Head north-east on Bishopsgate (A10). Pass the NatWest and RBS banks and turn right into Spital Square (where there is a London Marathon Store on one corner and AGA shop near the other). 

37 Spital Square is slightly set back on the right, with a red door.

Please note that there is limited parking in the vicinity.


Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits.

Access notes

The front steps outside (6) and internal stairs unfortunately restrict access for some.


Approval to be sought before the publication of any photographs. Visitors are asked to leave large bags in the Committee Room to protect the historic fabric when viewing other areas.


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2019 tour dates

  • 22 May

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