Old. Connaught Pl, just off Lea Bridge Rd, near the Water Works
Oh I never 'explained' this - not that it really needs an explanation. But No. 3 Connaught Close captured my interest because No. 1 and 2 Connaught Close have lost their original features but No. 3 still has them and doesn't appear on the Royal Mail postal database, so in a way doesn't exist.
I wondered what the story was as my guess was that 1 and 2 are rented from Thames Water, so I bought a copy of the title deeds from the Land Registry which revealed that not only does it exist, but it's owned by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and was transferred to them - from Thames Water - on 12 January 1989, at which time a William Arthur Jacob and Caroline Irene Jacob were living in it.
So no clue as to how long it's been empty or why it's empty, but I think by the vegetation a while but not since 1989.
Anyway for anyone harbouring dreams of buying it and doing it up there's a restrictive covenant in the title which says:
Except under an order of the registrar no disposition by
the proprietor of the land is to be registered unless made in
accordance with the Lee Valley Regional Park Act 1966 or some other Act
Which may explain why they've not sold it.