This was the 52 Holland Park house where Yeats hired a ‘service flat’ to facilitate sexual relations with the journalist Edith Shackleton Heald, whom he met in 1937. He was 71, she was 53.


The flat cost two guineas a week. ‘Do not tell anybody my address’ he said to another of his intimate female friends, poet Dorothy Wellesley. ‘Officially I am at the Club.’


It is now a Norwegian school.

Edith Shackleton Heald later had an affair with the lesbian painter Gluck. She was Yeats’ last great love but arrived in Cap Martin at the Hotel Ideal-Sejour just after Yeats  died.


About Niall McDevitt

Niall McDevitt > poet > author of b/w (Waterloo Press, 2010) and Porterloo (International Times, 2012) > urban explorer > radical pedestrian who leads Shakespeare/Blake/Rimbaud /Yeats walks, among others.
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