Old Compton Street, W1D

Road in/near Soho, existing between 1686 and now

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Old Compton Street is a road that runs east–west through Soho.

The street was named after Henry Compton who raised funds for a local parish church, eventually dedicated as St Anne’s Church in 1686. The area in general and this street in particular became the home of Huguenots, French Protestant refugees who were given asylum in England by Charles II in 1681.

George Wombwell kept a boot and shoe shop on the street between 1804 and 1810. Of short statue and an alcoholic, he nonetheless built up three hugely successful menageries from a starting point of two snakes bought at a bargain price. The menageries travelled around England and made him a wealthy man before his death in 1850.

Today, the street is the main focal point for London’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

An interesting local feature can be found in the middle of Charing Cross Road at its junction with Old Compton Street. Beneath the grill in the traffic island in the middle of the road, can be seen the old road signs for the now-vanished Little Compton Street, which once joined Old Compton Street with New Compton Street.

Source: Old Compton Street - Wikipedia



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VIEW THE SOHO AREA IN THE 1750s
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VIEW THE SOHO AREA IN THE 1800s
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VIEW THE SOHO AREA IN THE 1830s
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VIEW THE SOHO AREA IN THE 1860s
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VIEW THE SOHO AREA IN THE 1900s
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Soho

Soho is a world-famous area of the City of Westminster and part of the West End of London.

The name "Soho" first appears in the 17th century. Most authorities believe that the name derives from a former hunting cry. James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth, used "soho" as a rallying call for his men at the Battle of Sedgemoor on 6 July 1685, half a century after the name was first used for this area of London. The Soho name has been imitated by other entertainment and restaurant districts such as Soho, Hong Kong; Soho, Málaga; SOHO, Beijing; SoHo (South of Horton), London, Ontario, Canada; and Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires. SoHo, Manhattan, gets its name from its location SOuth of HOuston Street, but is also a reference to London’s Soho.

Long established as an entertainment district, for much of the 20th century Soho had a reputation as a base for the sex industry in addition to its night life and its location for the headquarters of leading film companies. Since the 1980s, the area has undergone considerable gentrification. It is now predominantly a fashionable district of upmarket restaurants and media offices, with only a small remnant of sex industry venues.

Soho is a small, multicultural area of central London; a home to industry, commerce, culture and entertainment, as well as a residential area for both rich and poor. It has clubs, including the former Chinawhite nightclub; public houses; bars; restaurants; a few sex shops scattered amongst them; and late-night coffee shops that give the streets an "open-all-night" feel at the weekends. Record shops cluster in the area around Berwick Street, with shops such as Phonica, Sister Ray and Reckless Records.


LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
De Hems:   De Hems has become a base for London’s Dutch community, serving bitterballen and frikandellen.
Hospital Home and Education Units co St Mary’s Hospitial Tuition Unit:   Miscellaneous
Leicester Square:   Leicester Square, while indeed a square, is also the name for a tube station.
Les Cousins:   Les Cousins was a folk and blues club in the basement of a restaurant in Greek Street.
London Hippodrome:   The Hippodrome is a building on the corner of Cranbourn Street and Charing Cross Road.
L’Escargot:   L’Escargot is one of London’s oldest restaurants.
On This Day in London: 2 November:   Ally Pally’s TV role started on 2 November
Piccadilly Circus:   Piccadilly Circus was built in 1819 to connect Regent Street with the major shopping street of Piccadilly. The circus lost its circular form in 1886 with the construction of Shaftesbury Avenue.
Piccadilly Theatre:   The Piccadilly Theatre is an Art Deco masterpiece in the West End.
Soho:   Soho is a world-famous area of the City of Westminster and part of the West End of London.
Soho Parish CofE Primary School:   Soho Parish Church of England School is a voluntary-aided primary which accepts pupils between the ages of 4 and 11.
Tottenham Court Road:   Tottenham Court Road runs from St Giles' Circus (the junction of Oxford Street and Charing Cross Road) north to Euston Road.
West End Children’s Centre:   This is a children’s centre.
Wyld’s Great Globe:   Wyld’s Great Globe was an attraction situated in Leicester Square between 1851 and 1862.


NEARBY STREETS AND BUILDINGS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Air Street, W1B · Air Street, W1J · Archer Street, W1D · Bateman Street, W1D · Batemans Buildings, W1D · Battle Bridge Lane, SE1 · Beak Street, W1B · Beak Street, W1F · Bear Street, WC2H · Berwick Road, W1F · Berwick Street, W1F · Bourchier Street, W1D · Brewer Street, W1D · Brewer Street, W1F · Bridle Lane, W1F · Broadwick Street, W1F · Carlisle Street, W1D · Carlisle Walk, E8 · Carnaby Street, W1F · Centre Point House, WC2H · Chapone Place, W1D · Charing Cross Road, WC2H · Coventry Street, W1D · Dansey Place, W1D · Darblay Street, W1F · Dean Street, W1D · Denman Street, W1D · Denmark Place, WC2H · Denmark Street, WC2H · Duck Lane, W1F · Dufours Place, W1F · Falconberg Court, W1D · Flaxman Court, W1F · Flichcroft Street, WC2H · Flitcroft Street, WC2H · Foubert’s Place, W1F · Fouberts Place, W1 · Fouberts Place, W1F · Frith Street, W1D · Ganton Street, W1F · Gerrard Place, W1D · Gerrard Street, W1D · Glasshouse Street, W1B · Golden Square, W1F · Goslett Yard, W1D · Goslett Yard, WC2H · Great Chapel Street, W1F · Great Marlborough Street, W1B · Great Marlborough Street, W1F · Great Pulteney Street, W1F · Great Windmill Street, W1F · Greek Court, WC2H · Greek Street, W1D · Greens Court, W1F · Ham Yard, W1D · Heddon Street, W1B · Holland Street, W1F · Hollen Street, W1F · Hopkins Street, W1F · Horse and Dolphin Yard, W1D · Ingestre Court, W1F · Ingestre Place, W1F · John Street, SE11 · Kemp’s Court, W1F · Kingly Court, W1B · Kingly Street, W1B · Leicester Place, WC2H · Leicester Square, WC2H · Leicester Street, WC2H · Lexington Street Cos, W1F · Lexington Street, W1F · Linen Hall, W1B · Lisle Street, WC2H · Little Marlborough Street, W1F · Little Newport Street, WC2H · Livonia Street, W1F · London Pavilion, W1J · Lower James Street, W1F · Lower John Street, W1F · Lowndes Court, W1F · Macclesfield Street, W1D · Manette Street, W1D · Marlborough Court, W1F · Marshall Street, W1F · Meard Street, W1F · Moor Street, W1D · New Burlington Street, W1B · New Burlington Street, W1S · Newburg Road, W1F · Newburgh Street, W1F · Newport Court, WC2H · Newport Place, W1D · Noel Street, W1F · Old Compton Street, W1D · Oxendon Street, W1D · Peter Street, W1F · Phoenix Street, WC2H · Portland Mews, W1F · Regent Place, W1B · Regent Street, SW1Y · Regent Street, W1 · Regent Street, W1B · Regent Street, W1J · Richmond Buildings, W1D · Richmond Mews, W1D · Romilly Street, W1D · Royalty Mews, W1D · Rupert Court, W1D · Rupert Street, W1D · Sandringham Court, W1F · Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D · Sheraton Street, W1F · Sherwood Street, W1F · Silver Place, W1F · Smiths Court, W1D · Soho Square, W1D · Sounding Alley, E3 · St Anne’s Court, W1F · Stacey Street, WC2H · Sutton Row, W1D · Swallow Street, W1B · The London Pavillion, W1J · The Queen’s Walk, WC2R · Tisbury Court, W1D · Townsend House, W1D · Upper James Street, W1F · Upper John Street, W1F · Walker’s Court, W1F · Walkers Court, W1F · Wardour Mews, W1F · Wardour Street, W1D · Wardour Street, W1F · Warwick Street, W1B · Wedgewood Mews, W1D · Wedgwood Mews, W1D · Wilder Walk, W1B · Winnett Street, W1D ·
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What is Old Compton Street, W1D like as a place to live?

TRANSPORTATION
Good
DAILY LIFE
Good
SAFETY
Poor
HEALTH
Poor
SPORTS AND LEISURE
Good
ENTERTAINMENT
Excellent
DEMOGRAPHICS
Good
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