Bessborough Place, SW1V

Road maybe laid out between the wars with housing mainly dating from the 1980s

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Bessborough Place, SW1V

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Bessborough Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.




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Abbey Close, SW8 Abbey Close is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Abbey Orchard Street, SW1P Abbey Orchard Street was the heart of a former slum area.
Abbot Court, SW8 Abbot Court is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Abingdon Street, SW1P Abingdon Street has linked Old Palace Yard and Millbank since at least 1593.
Allen Edwards Drive, SW8 Allen Edwards Drive is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Ambrosden Avenue, SW1P Ambrosden Avenue is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Andrew Place, SW8 Andrew Place is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Arden Street, SW8 Arden Street disappeared as the New Covent Garden Market was built.
Arneway Street, SW1P Arneway Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Artillery Place, SW1P Artillery Place is a road in the SW1P postcode area
Artillery Row, SW1P Artillery Row is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Ashley Gardens, SW1P Ashley Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Atterbury Street, SW1P Atterbury Street is named after Francis Atterbury, Dean of Westminster in 1713.
Aylesford Street, SW1V Aylesford Street was built in 1848.
Balvaird Place, SW1V Balvaird Place is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Barton Street, SW1P Barton Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Belmore Street, SW8 Belmore Street is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Bennett’s Yard, SW1P Bennett’s Yard is a road in the SW1P postcode area
Bessborough Gardens, SW1V Bessborough Gardens is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Bessborough Street, SW1V Bessborough Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Birdcage Walk, SW1E Birdcage Walk runs east-west from the Parliament Square area (as Great George Street) to Buckingham Palace.
Birdcage Walk, SW1H Birdcage Walk runs east from Great George Street, along the south side of St James’s Park.
Bloomberg Street, SW1V Bloomberg Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Bloomburg Street, SW1V Bloomburg Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Bramley Crescent, SW8 Bramley Crescent is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Brewers Green, SW1H Brewers Green is one of the streets of London in the SW1H postal area.
Broad Sanctuary, SW1H Broad Sanctuary is a road in the SW1H postcode area
Broad Sanctuary, SW1P Broad Sanctuary is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Broadway, SW1H Broadway - formerly the location of the headquarters of both London Transport and the Metropolitan Police.
Brooklands Passage, SW8 Brooklands Passage is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Brooks Court, SW8 Brooks Court is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Butler Place, SW1H Butler Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1H postal area.
Canon Row, SW1A Canon Row is at least one thousand year’s old.
Carey Gardens, SW8 Carey Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Carey Place, SW1V Carey Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Carteret Street, SW1H Carteret Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1H postal area.
Castle Lane, SW1E Castle Lane is one of the streets of London in the SW1E postal area.
Causton Street, SW1P Causton Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Caxton Street, SW1H William Caxton was responsible for the introduction of the printing press to England.
Chadwick Street, SW1P Chadwick Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Chapter Chambers, SW1P Chapter Chambers is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Chapter Street, SW1P Chapter Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Charles Clowes Walk, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Charlwood Place, SW1V Charlwood Place is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Charlwood Street, SW1V Charlwood Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Cherwell Street, SW8 Cherwell Street was built by Frederick Haynes in the mid-Victoria era.
Chichester Street, SW1V Chichester Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Christchurch Vicarage, SW8 Christchurch Vicarage is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Chubb Court, SW20 Chubb Court is a road in the SW20 postcode area
Churton Place, SW1V Churton Place is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Churton Street, SW1V Churton Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Claverton Street, SW1V Claverton Street runs from Lupus Street to Grosvenor Road.
Coburg Close, SW1P Coburg Close is a road in the SW1P postcode area
Condell Road, SW8 Condell Road is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Corunna Road, SW8 Corunna Road is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Courland Street, SW8 Courland Street is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Cowley Street, SW1P Cowley Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Cowthorpe Road, SW8 Cowthorpe Road is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Crimsworth Road, SW8 Crimsworth Road is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Crown Reach Riverside Walk, SW1V Crown Reach Riverside Walk is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Dacre Street, SW1H Dacre Street is named after Lady Anne Dacre.
Dalkeith Court, SW1P Dalkeith Court is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Darsley Drive, SW8 Darsley Drive is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Dartmouth Street, SW1H Dartmouth Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1H postal area.
Davidson Gardens, SW8 Davidson Gardens is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Dean Bradley Street, SW1P George Granville Bradley was Dean of Westminster Abbey from 1881.
Dean Farrar Street, SW1H Frederic William Farrar was a canon of Westminster Abbey.
Dean Ryle Street, SW1P Dean Ryle Street was named after Herbert Edward Ryle.
Dean Stanley Street, SW1P Dean Stanley Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Dean Trench Street, SW1P Dean Trench Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Deans Yard, SW1P Dean’s Yard comprises most of the precincts of the former monastery of Westminster, not occupied by the Abbey buildings.
Deeley Road, SW8 Deeley Road is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Dells Mews, SW1V Dells Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Dolphin Square East Side, SW1V Dolphin Square consists of blocks of private flats built between 1935 and 1937.
Dolphin Square West Side, SW1V This is a street in the SW1V postcode area
Dolphin Square West, SW1V Dolphin Square West is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Douglas Street, SW1P Douglas Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Drummond Gate, SW1V Drummond Gate is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Elm Lane, SW8 Elm Lane is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Elverton Street, SW1P Elverton Street is a road in the SW1P postcode area
Emery Hill Street, SW1P Emery Hill Street is a road in the SW1P postcode area
Erasmus Street, SW1P Erasmus Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Esterbrooke Street, SW1P Esterbrooke Street is a road in the SW1P postcode area
Flower Market, SW8 Flower Market is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Fount Street, SW8 Fount Street is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Francis Street, SW1P Francis Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Fruit And Vegetable Market, SW8 Fruit And Vegetable Market is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Fruit Vegetable Market, SW8 Fruit Vegetable Market is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Garden Terrace, SW1V Garden Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Gayfere Street, SW1P Gayfere Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Goldsboro Road, SW8 Goldsboro Road is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Goldsborough House Springfield Estate, SW8 Goldsborough House Springfield Estate is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Great College Street, SW1P Great College Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Great George Street, SW1P Great George Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Great Peter Street, SW1P Great Peter Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Great Smith Street, SW1P Great Smith Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Greencoat Place, SW1P Greencoat Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Greycoat Gardens, SW1P Greycoat Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Greycoat Place, SW1P Greycoat Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Greycoat Street, SW1P Greycoat Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Grosvenor Road, SW1V Grosvenor Road forms part of the Thames embankment.
Haines Street, SW8 Haines Street was named after the speculating solicitor, Frederick Haines, who built it in 1862.
Hartington Road, SW8 The area where Hartington Road was eventually built was part of an area of Vauxhall called "The Nine Acres".
Hatherley Street, SW1P Hatherley Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Hemans Street, SW8 Hemans Street is the name of two streets in Vauxhall, the modern version being slightly south of the original.
Herrick Street, SW1P Herrick Street is a road in the SW1P postcode area
Hide Place, SW1P Hide Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Hookham Court, SW8 Hookham Court is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Horseferry Road, SW1P Horseferry Road is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Howick Place, SW1E This is a street in the SW1E postcode area
Howick Place, SW1P Howick Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Imex Business Centre, SW8 Imex Business Centre is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Imex Centre, SW8 Imex Centre is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
John Islip Street, SW1P John Islip Street commemorates the Abbot of Westminster between 1500 and 1532.
Kingsgate Parade, SW1E Kingsgate Parade is one of the streets of London in the SW1E postal area.
Kirtling Street, SW8 Kirtling Street is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Lansdowne Gardens, SW8 Lansdowne Gardens is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Lansdowne Green, SW8 Lansdowne Green is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Lansdowne Way, SW4 Lansdowne Way is a road in the SW4 postcode area
Lansdowne Way, SW8 Lansdowne Way is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Lindsay Square, SW1V Lindsay Square is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Little Cloisters, SW1P Little Cloisters is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Little College Street, SW1P Little College Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Little Deans Yard, SW1P Little Deans Yard is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Little George Street, SW1P Little George Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Lord North Street, SW1P Lord North Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Malthouse Road, SW11 A street within the postcode
Market Towers, SW8 Market Towers is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Marsham Street, SW1P Marsham Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Matthew Parker Street, SW1H The Most Reverend Matthew Parker was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1559 until 1575.
Mawbey Street, SW8 Mawbey Street is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Medway Street, SW1P Medway Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Miles Street, SW8 Miles Street was developed from 1778 onwards by the Sarah and John Bond.
Millbank Tower, SW1P Millbank Tower is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Monck Street, SW1P Monck Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Moreton Place, SW1 Moreton Place is a road in the SW1 postcode area
Moreton Street, SW1V Moreton Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Moreton Terrace Mews North, SW1V Moreton Terrace Mews North is a road in the SW1V postcode area
New Covent Garden Centre, SW8 New Covent Garden Centre is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
New Mill Road, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
New Palace Yard, SW1A New Palace Yard was built by William II (William Rufus).
New Union Square, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Nine Elms Lane, SW8 Nine Elms Lane was named around 1645, from a row of elm trees bordering the road.
North Court, SW1P North Court is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Old Palace Yard, SW1P Old Palace Yard lies between the Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey.
Old Pye Street, SW1P Old Pye Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Old Queen Street, SW1H Old Queen Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1H postal area.
Page Street, SW1P Page Street runs from Regency Street in the west to the junction of John Islip Street and Dean Ryle Street in the east.
Palmer Street, SW1H Palmer Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1H postal area.
Parliament Square, SW1A Parliament Square is one of the most important squares in Westminster, home to the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.
Parliament Square, SW1P Parliament Square is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Parliament Street, SW1A Parliament Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1A postal area.
Parry Street, SW8 Parry Street was laid out by John and Sarah Bond.
Pascal Street, SW8 Pascal Street is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Patmore Street, SW8 Patmore Street is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Petty France, SW1H Petty France is one of the streets of London in the SW1H postal area.
Ponsonby Place, SW1P Ponsonby Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Ponsonby Terrace, SW1P Ponsonby Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Ponton Road, SW11 A street within the SW8 postcode
Ponton Road, SW8 Ponton Road is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Post Office Way, SW1P Post Office Way is a road in the SW1P postcode area
Post Office Way, SW8 Post Office Way is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Price’s Court, SW11 A street within the SW1P postcode
Priory Court, SW8 Priory Court is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Pulford Street, SW1V Pulford Street was a street between construction in 1848 and demolition after the Second World War.
Queen Anne’s Gate, SW1H This is a street in the SW1H postcode area
Queen Annes Gate Buildings, SW1H Queen Annes Gate Buildings is one of the streets of London in the SW1H postal area.
Queen Annes Gate, SW1H Queen Annes Gate is one of the streets of London in the SW1H postal area.
Rampayne Street, SW1V Rampayne Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Ranelagh Road, SW1V Ranelagh Road is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Regency Place, SW1P Regency Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Regency Street, SW1P Regency Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Riverlight 4 Riverlight Quay, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Riverlight Quay 8Ea, SW11 A street within the postcode
Riverlight Quay, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Riverside Walk East, EC3R Riverside Walk East is a road in the EC3R postcode area
Riverside Walk, SW1V Riverside Walk is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Riverside Walk, SW8 Riverside Walk is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Rochester Row, SW1P Rochester Row is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Rochester Street, SW1P Rochester Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Romney Street, SW1P Romney Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground: Chelsea College of Art and Desi, SW1P Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground: Chelsea College of Art and Desi is a road in the SW1P postcode area
Rudolf Place, SW8 Rudolf Place is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Rutherford Street, SW1P Rutherford Street is a road in the SW1P postcode area
Seaforth Place, SW1E Seaforth Place is a road in the SW1E postcode area
Sheldon Court, SW8 Sheldon Court is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Smith Square, SW1P Smith Square was originally developed by Sir James Smith around 1726.
Southville, SW8 Southville is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Spenser Street, SW1E Spenser Street is a road in the SW1E postcode area
St Anns Street, SW1P St Anns Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
St George Wharf, SW8 St George Wharf is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
St George’s Square, SW1V St Georges Square is a long narrow space reaching to the river with an enclosed garden in the centre.
St Margarets Street, SW1P St Margarets Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
St Matthew Street, SW1P St Matthew Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
St Saviours Hall, SW1V St Saviours Hall is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
St Vincents Centre, SW1P St Vincents Centre is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
St. Ermin’s Hill, SW1H St. Ermin’s Hill is a road in the SW1H postcode area
St. Georges Close, SW8 St. Georges Close is a road in the SW8 postcode area
St. Margaret Street, SW1P St. Margaret Street is a road in the SW1P postcode area
St. Matthew Street, SW1P St. Matthew Street is a road in the SW1P postcode area
Stillington Street, SW1P Stillington Street is a road in the SW1P postcode area
Storeys Gate, SW1H Storeys Gate is one of the streets of London in the SW1H postal area.
Storeys Gate, SW1P Storeys Gate is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Strutton Ground, SW1P Strutton Ground is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Tachbrook Street, SW1V Tachbrook Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
The Sanctuary, SW1P The Sanctuary is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
The Studios, SW8 The Studios is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
The Terrace, SW1P The Terrace is a road in the SW1P postcode area
Thessaly Road, SW8 Thessaly Road is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Thirleby Road, SW1P Thirleby Road is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Thorndike Street, SW1V Thorndike Street is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Thorney Street, SW1P Thorney Street is a road in the SW1P postcode area
Thorparch Road, SW8 Thorparch Road is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Tideway Walk, SW11 A street within the SW8 postcode
Tothill Street, SW1H Tothill Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1H postal area.
Trenchold Street, SW8 Trenchold Street is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Tufton Street, SW1P Tufton Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Tun Yard, SW8 Tun Yard is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Tweed Street, SW8 Tweed Street now lies under New Covent Garden Market.
Udall Street, SW1P Udall Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
United States of America, UB18 A street within the SW11 postcode
Vandon Passage, SW1H Vandon Passage probably dates from the fifteenth century.
Vandon Street, SW1H Vandon Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1H postal area.
Vauxhall Bridge Road, SW1P This is a street in the SW1P postcode area
Vauxhall Bridge Road, SW1V Vauxhall Bridge Road is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Vauxhall Bridge, SW1P Vauxhall Bridge is a road in the SW1P postcode area
Vauxhall Bridge, SW1V Vauxhall Bridge is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Vauxhall Bridge, SW8 Vauxhall Bridge is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Viaduct Gardens, SW11 A street within the SW11 postcode
Viceroy Road, SW8 Viceroy Road is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Victoria Chambers, SW1P Victoria Chambers is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Victoria Street, SW1H Victoria Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1H postal area.
Victoria Street, SW1W Victoria Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Vincent Square, SW1P Vincent Square is a large grass-covered square which provides playing fields for Westminster School, which owns it.
Vincent Street, SW1P Vincent Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Walcott Street, SW1P Walcott Street was named after Reverend MEC Walcott, curate of the St Margaret’s, Westminster in the 1840s.
Wandsworth Road, SW4 Wandsworth Road is a road in the SW4 postcode area
West Bridge, SW8 West Bridge is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Westminster Central Hall, SW1H Westminster Central Hall is one of the streets of London in the SW1H postal area.
Westminster Mansions, SW1P Westminster Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Westminster Palace Gardens, SW1P Westminster Palace Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Wilcox Place, SW1E Wilcox Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1E postal area.
Wilcox Road, SW8 Wilcox Road is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Willow Place, SW1P Willow Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Willow Place, SW1V Willow Place is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Wyvil Estate, SW8 Wyvil Estate is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Wyvil Road, SW8 Wyvil Road is a short street running west from South Lambeth Road.


Pimlico

Pimlico is known for its garden squares and Regency architecture.

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Manor of Ebury was divided up and leased by the Crown to servants or favourites. In 1623, James I sold the freehold of Ebury - the land was sold on several more times until it came into the possession of heiress Mary Davies in 1666.

Mary’s dowry not only included modern-day Pimlico and Belgravia, but also most of what is now Mayfair and Knightsbridge. She was much pursued and in 1677 at the age of twelve she married Sir Thomas Grosvenor. The Grosvenors were a family of Norman descent long seated at Eaton Hall in Cheshire who until this auspicious marriage were only of local consequence in the county of Cheshire. Through the development and good management of this land, the Grosvenors acquired enormous wealth.

At some point in the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century, the area ceased to be known as Ebury (or ’The Five Fields’) and gained the name by which it is now known. According to folklore, it received its name from Ben Pimlico, famous for his nut-brown ale. His tea-gardens were near Hoxton, and the road to them from here was termed Pimlico Path, so that what is now called Pimlico was so named from the popularity of the Hoxton resort.

By the nineteenth century, and as a result of an increase in demand for property in the previously unfashionable West End of London following the Great Plague of London and the Great Fire of London, Pimlico had become ripe for development. In 1825, Thomas Cubitt was contracted by Lord Grosvenor to develop Pimlico. The land up to this time had been marshy but was reclaimed using soil excavated during the construction of St Katharine Docks.

Cubitt developed Pimlico as a grid of handsome white stucco terraces. The largest and most opulent houses were built along St George’s Drive and Belgrave Road, the two principal streets, and Eccleston, Warwick and St George’s Squares. Lupus Street contained similarly grand houses, as well as shops and, until the early twentieth century, a hospital for women and children. Smaller-scale properties, typically of three storeys, line the side streets. An 1877 newspaper article described Pimlico as "genteel, sacred to professional men… not rich enough to luxuriate in Belgravia proper, but rich enough to live in private houses." Its inhabitants were "more lively than in Kensington… and yet a cut above Chelsea, which is only commercial."

Although the area was dominated by the well-to-do middle and upper-middle classes as late as Booth’s 1889 Map of London Poverty, parts of Pimlico are said to have declined significantly by the 1890s. When Rev Gerald Olivier moved to the neighbourhood in 1912 with his family, including the young Laurence Olivier, to minister to the parishioners of St Saviour, it was part of a venture to west London ’slums’ that had previously taken the family to the depths of Notting Hill.

Through the late nineteenth century, Pimlico saw the construction of several Peabody Estates, charitable housing projects designed to provide affordable, quality homes.

Proximity to the Houses of Parliament made Pimlico a centre of political activity. Prior to 1928, the Labour Party and Trades Union Congress shared offices on Eccleston Square, and it was here in 1926 that the General Strike was organised.

In the mid-1930s Pimlico saw a second wave of development with the construction of Dolphin Square, a self-contained ’city’ of 1250 up-market flats built on the site formerly occupied by Cubitt’s building works. Completed in 1937, it quickly became popular with MPs and public servants. It was home to fascist Oswald Mosley until his arrest in 1940, and the headquarters of the Free French for much of the Second World War.

Pimlico survived the war with its essential character intact, although parts sustained significant bomb damage. Through the 1950s these areas were the focus of large-scale redevelopment as the Churchill Gardens and Lillington and Longmoore Gardens estates, and many of the larger Victorian houses were converted to hotels and other uses.

To provide affordable and efficient heating to the residents of the new post-war developments, Pimlico became one of the few places in the UK to have a district heating system installed.

In 1953, the Second Duke of Westminster sold the part of the Grosvenor estate on which Pimlico is built.

Pimlico was connected to the underground in 1972 as a late addition to the Victoria Line. Following the designation of a conservation area in 1968 (extended in 1973 and again in 1990), the area has seen extensive regeneration. Successive waves of development have given Pimlico an interesting social mix, combining exclusive restaurants and residences with Westminster City Council run facilities.

Notable residents of Pimlico have included politician Winston Churchill, designer Laura Ashley, philosopher Swami Vivekananda, actor Laurence Olivier, illustrator and author Aubrey Beardsley, Kenyan nationalist Jomo Kenyatta and inventor of lawn tennis Major Walter Wingfield.
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