Since 1874, the Royal Occultist has occupied No. 427 Cheyne Walk on the Embankment. The flat was purchased by the then-holder of the offices, Aylmer Beamish, after a nocturnal visit from what he described as ‘a ragged spectral entity of agonized mien’. Beamish, never one to ignore phantasmal intervention, bought the flat despite misgivings about its ‘aetheric humours’ and the grisly reputation it had attained in its short span as an active domicile.
No. 427 is something of an enigma, as its numbers have been known to transpose themselves depending on the day (No. 472, 724 and 274 are all known aliases and duly recorded in the archives of the MEO) and certain astrological conjunctions, and the flat itself has been observed to switch places with its neighbours, though how and why this occurs is so far unknown.
Sometimes eerie faces can be seen in its windows. It’s cellars go deeper than any other flat in Chelsea, and it has access to the Thames, as well as other, darker places, if Beamish’s notes are to be believed.
The former tenants of the flat are unknown, having vanished soon after moving in. It was under the auspices of investigating their disappearance that Beamish was able to purchase the flat on the minimal finances at his disposal. Whether the former tenants were ever found, or whether they still reside in No. 427 in some fashion is as much a mystery as the nature of the house itself…