Category: SW1

Northumberland House

In the 16th century, the Strand – which connects the City of London with the royal centre of Westminster – was lined with the mansions of some of England’s richest noblemen. Most of the grandest houses were on the southern side of the road and had gardens stretching down to the River Thames. In around …

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Aylesford Street, SW1V

Aylesford Street was built in 1848.

Fludyer Street, SW1A

Fludyer Street used to be a street which lay parallel to, and south of, Downing Street.

Cockspur Street, SW1Y

Cockspur Street is possibly after the cock fighting that formerly occurred here, cocks often having spurs attached to their feet during fights.

Downing Street, SW1A

Downing Street has been the home of British Prime Minsters since the eighteenth century.

Pulford Street, SW1V

Pulford Street was a street between construction in 1848 and demolition after the Second World War.

Birdcage Walk, SW1

  Queen Anne’s Gate was first developed as domestic residences in the early eighteenth century and further expanded in the middle and later periods of that century. Old Queen Street was built at about the same period as the later part of Queen Anne’s Gate. The Wellington Barracks complex, dates from the 1830s with major …

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The Fascination of London: Belgravia and Pimlico

Belgravia and Pimlico – The Fascination of London by Geraldine Edith Mitton The Eia estate The larger portion of the district is included in the ancient estate of Eia, 890 acres in extent, reaching from the Bayswater Road to the Thames, which was given by William the Conqueror to Geoffrey de Mandeville, who at his …

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The development known as Belgravia was laid out in the 1820s by Thomas Cubitt and Thomas Cundy. Cubitt saw the possibilities of developing the land to the west of Buckingham Palace as a fashionable residential area and leased the land from the Grosvenor Estate. Many of the streets surrounding Cubitt’s development are of an even …

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Haymarket, SW1

The area was originally developed in the 17th century. In 1640 there were a few buildings on the west side of Haymarket but by 1680 the street was fully developed, providing a link between Piccadilly and Charing Cross. Residential side streets, such as Oxendon, Panton, Orange (formerly James) and Norris Streets, developed at the same …

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