Frobisher House, SW1V

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Sir Walter Besant   
Added: 11 Nov 2021 18:47 GMT   

Sir Walter adds....
All the ground facing Wirtemberg Street at Chip and Cross Streets is being levelled for building and the old houses are disappearing fast. The small streets leading through into little Manor Street are very clean and tenanted by poor though respectable people, but little Manor Street is dirty, small, and narrow. Manor Street to Larkhall Rise is a wide fairly clean thoroughfare of mixed shops and houses which improves towards the north. The same may be said of Wirtemberg Street, which commences poorly, but from the Board School north is far better than at the Clapham end.

Source: London: South of the Thames - Chapter XX by Sir Walter Besant (1912)

Pauline jones   
Added: 16 Oct 2017 19:04 GMT   

Bessborough Place, SW1V
I grew up in bessborough place at the back of our house and Grosvenor road and bessborough gardens was a fantastic playground called trinity mews it had a paddling pool sandpit football area and various things to climb on, such as a train , slide also as Wendy house. There were plants surrounding this wonderful play area, two playground attendants ,also a shelter for when it rained. The children were constantly told off by the playground keepers for touching the plants or kicking the ball out of the permitted area, there was hopscotch as well, all these play items were brick apart from the slide. Pollock was the centre of my universe and I felt sorry and still do for anyone not being born there. To this day I miss it and constantly look for images of the streets around there, my sister and me often go back to take a clumped of our beloved London. The stucco houses were a feature and the backs of the houses enabled parents to see thier children playing.


Added: 17 May 2022 20:29 GMT   

Baeethoven St School, also an Annex for Paddington College of FE.
In the early 70’s I took a two year science course at Paddington CFE. The science classes were held on weekday evenings at Beethoven Street school, overseen by chemistry teacher, Mr Tattershall.


Added: 25 Apr 2022 22:11 GMT   

Southover, N12
Everyone knows Central Woodside is the place to be. Ever since kdog moved from finchtown, Woodside has been thriving.

Born here
Bernard Miller   
Added: 12 Apr 2022 17:36 GMT   

My mother and her sister were born at 9 Windsor Terrace
My mother, Millie Haring (later Miller) and her sister Yetta Haring (later Freedman) were born here in 1922 and 1923. With their parents and older brother and sister, they lived in two rooms until they moved to Stoke Newington in 1929. She always said there were six rooms, six families, a shared sink on the first floor landing and a toilet in the backyard.


Brian Lynch   
Added: 10 Apr 2022 13:38 GMT   

Staples Mattress Factory
An architect’s design of the Staples Mattress Factory
An image found on the website of Dalzell’s Beds, in Armagh Northern Ireland.

Lived here
Added: 19 Feb 2022 16:21 GMT   

Harmondsworth (1939 - 1965)
I lived in a house (Lostwithiel) on the Bath Road opposite the junction with Tythe Barn Lane, now a hotel site. Initially, aircraft used one of the diagonal runways directly in line with our house. I attended Sipson Primary School opposite the Three Magpies and celebrated my 21st birthday at The Peggy Bedford in 1959.


Emma Seif   
Added: 25 Jan 2022 19:06 GMT   

Birth of the Bluestocking Society
In about 1750, Elizabeth Montagu began hosting literary breakfasts in her home at 23 (now 31) Hill Street. These are considered the first meetings of the Bluestocking society.

Added: 14 Jan 2022 03:06 GMT   

Goldbourne Gardens W 10
I lived in Goldbourne Gardens in the 50,s very happy big bomb site


Chris Nash   
Added: 10 Jan 2022 22:54 GMT   

Shortlands Close, DA17
Shortlands Close and the flats along it were constructed in the mid-1990s. Prior to this, the area was occupied by semi-detached houses with large gardens, which dated from the post-war period and were built on the site of Railway Farm. The farm and its buildings spanned the length of Abbey Road, on the south side of the North Kent Line railway tracks.


Dolphin Square Dolphin Square is a block of private flats and business complex built near the River Thames between 1935 and 1937.
Pimlico Pimlico is known for its garden squares and Regency architecture.
Pimlico Academy Pimlico Academy (formerly Pimlico School) is a mixed-sex education secondary school and sixth form with academy status.
St Saviour’s St Saviour’s is an Anglo-Catholic church in Pimlico.

Ace Way, SW11 Ace Way is a location in London.
Alderney Street, SW1V Alderney Street was originally Stanley Street, after George Stanley, local landowner.
Antrobus Street, SW1V Antrobus Street, now demolished, was long called Rutland Street.
Aylesford Street, SW1V Aylesford Street was built in 1848.
Balniel Gate, SW1V Balniel Gate is a road of Pimlico.
Balvaird Place, SW1V Balvaird Place is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Bessborough Gardens, SW1V Bessborough Gardens is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Bessborough Place, SW1V Bessborough Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Bessborough Street, SW1V Bessborough Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Charles Clowes Walk, SW11 Charles Clowes Walk is a location in London.
Chichester Street, SW1V Chichester Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Churchill Gardens Road, SW1V Churchill Gardens Road is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Churchill Gardens, SW1V Churchill Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Claverton Street, SW1V Claverton Street runs from Lupus Street to Grosvenor Road.
Crown Reach Riverside Walk, SW1V Crown Reach Riverside Walk is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Dolphin Square East Side, SW1V Dolphin Square consists of blocks of private flats built between 1935 and 1937.
Dolphin Square West, SW1V Dolphin Square West is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Drummond Gate, SW1V Drummond Gate is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Duncan House, SW1V Residential block
Elm Lane, SW8 Elm Lane is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Glasgow Terrace, SW1V Glasgow Terrace has coexisted with the name of Caledonia Street.
Gloucester Street, SW1V Gloucester Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Grosvenor Road, SW1V Grosvenor Road forms part of the Thames embankment.
Johnson’s Place, SW1V Johnson’s Place is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Keyes House, SW1V Residential block
Lindsay Square, SW1V Lindsay Square is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Lupus Street, SW1V Lupus Street was named after Hugh Lupus, Earl of Chester.
Lutyens House, SW1V Residential block
Malthouse Road, SW11 Malthouse Road is a location in London.
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
Neate House, SW1V Residential block
Nelson House, SW1V Residential block
New Covent Garden Market, SW8 New Covent Garden Market is a location in London.
New Mill Road, SW8 A street within the SW11 postcode
New Union Square, SW8 A street within the SW11 postcode
Nine Elms Lane, SW11 Nine Elms Lane is a location in London.
Nine Elms Lane, SW8 Nine Elms Lane was named around 1645, from a row of elm trees bordering the road.
Ponsonby Terrace, SW1V Ponsonby Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Ponton Road, SW8 Ponton Road is one of the streets of London in the SW8 postal area.
Pulford Street, SW1V Pulford Street was a street between its construction in 1848 and demolition after the Second World War.
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.
Riverside Walk, SW1P Riverside Walk skirts the gardens of the same name.
Riverside Walk, SW8 Riverside Walk is part of the Thames Path long-distance footpath.
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 Saviours Hall, SW1V St Saviours Hall is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Vauxhall Bridge, SW1V Vauxhall Bridge is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Viaduct Gardens, SW8 Viaduct Gardens runs beside the United States Embassy building in Nine Elms.
Winchester Street, SW1V Winchester Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.


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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Antrobus Street sign
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The Lillington Gardens estate
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Victoria coach station’s temporary base, 1929, where the Tachbrook Estate is now. The King’s Scholar Pond sewer is on the left.
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Nine Elms Station map in the 1850s with the new line to Waterloo on right.
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Hemans Street circa 1935 showing Portland Cottages on the right.
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Pulford Street being demolished
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Antrobus Street sign
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"A Sunset with a View of Nine Elms" (c.1755)
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