22 St Peter’s Square

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The front building of 22 St Peter’s Square
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22 St Peter’s Square, in Hammersmith, is a grade II Listed building with a former laundry that has been converted to an architects’ studio and office building.

The property is situated in the western corner of St Peter’s Square, that was laid out and built from 1827, opposite St Peter’s Church, Hammersmith. In the basement of the rear of the building is the former studio of Island Records known as The Fallout Shelter, 47 British Grove.

Number 22, unlike the predominant pattern of housing in St Peter’s Square, consists of a trio of linked houses, each of three stories plus basement, the only example of this layout in the square. The entrance retains the original eagle statue on the porch. Paired statues of dogs sit on the piers flanking the steps up to the front door. Until the 1890s the large private garden at the rear of the house was laid out as a long rectangular lawn bordered by shrubs and trees, with an open field to the South.

By 1894 the garden was completely covered by laundry buildings. The Royal Chiswick Laundry Western Dying and Cleaning Works was constructed behind the house fronting British Grove, a lane to the rear. The laundry buildings consist of two long sheds running almost the full length of the former garden. They are of London stock brick with red brick window arches under slate roofs, with glazed skylights running along the roof ridges.

In 1929 John Piper the artist (b 1903) lived in a flat at 22 St Peter’s Square and then by the 1940s the house and laundry was owned by the then Mayor of Hammersmith, Alderman Sir Marshall Hays JP (b 1872). The laundry closed in 1968, then the buildings were for a time occupied by a company that added soundtrack to film before the property became the offices, recording studios and premises of Island Records, who moved in with a staff of 65.

The house became the administrative offices of the company, where the legal and finance staff worked, while the former laundry buildings were the offices for the A&R, production, marketing, promotion and sales departments. The basement was converted into a small recording studio, called the Fallout Shelter with its entrance at 47 British Grove, incorporating the base of the chimney, which was occasionally used in recordings to add reverb to vocals. The recording studio, was described by Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records, as ’the little one in the back of Island Records at 47 British Grove.’

With the sound of recording sessions continuing late into the night, members of staff sleeping on the premises, the comings and goings of musicians, staff and visitors, the use of their parking spaces, and the noise all this made, caused friction between Island Records and some local residents. There was also a canteen above the studio. The roster of musicians recording on the Island label at this time included reggae artists Bob Marley and the Wailers who recorded some tracks for Exodus there, Toots and the Maytals, Aswad and Steel Pulse. The ’non reggae’ Island artists include Cat Stevens, Robert Palmer and Steve Winwood (working with the Spencer Davis Group and Traffic, and as a solo artist), Grace Jones, Tom Waits, Melissa Etheridge, Amy Winehouse and P J Harvey and their most successful signing, the Irish band U2.

In 2005 Frost Meadowcroft acquired the property on behalf of Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands architects from Universal Music for £4.1m. The architects then proceeded to return the laundry sheds to their original open plan and restored most of the metal-framed windows to their nineteenth-century proportions. Historically significant features of the laundry, such as the boiler chimney and the incised lettering in the gable overlooking British Grove, have been retained and restored.

In recognition of its heritage the building is now called Island Studios.

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St Peter’s Square, W6

St Peter’s Square is a garden square laid out in the 1820s.

The square was laid out during the economic boom of the 1820s, when the then owner, George Scott decided to build a speculative housing development on part of his Ravenscourt Park estate and also provided the land for St Peter’s Church, Hammersmith. From 1827 plots were developed piecemeal by builders who undertook to conform to the master plan. The square was mostly complete by the end of the 1830s. The houses are mostly built in groups of three, with stucco fronts, pediments and Ionic porches. Some retain eagles, lions and dogs as decoration. Numbers 1 to 6 were the first to be built and are the grandest in the square.

St Peter’s Church, Hammersmith, the substantial Grecian Ionic structure that was completed in 1829 occupies the eastern corner of the site and is opposite 22 St Peters Square, a Grade II listed architect’s studio and office building, that was formerly Island Records headquarters and is now named Island Studios.

The houses are a good example of 19th century squares architecture, with paired villas in classical style arranged around a central space. The square today is maintained by residents, in partnership with Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

The public garden in the centre of the square is Grade II listed on the English Heritage Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. In 1913, a proposal to build on the garden was abandoned after local protests. The land was bought by the Borough Council and in 1915 the garden was opened to the public. The centre of the garden is occupied by a sculpture, The Greek Runner, by Sir William Blake Richmond, which was erected in 1926.

Famous inhabitants have included Alec Guinness (actor), Matthew Pinsent (English rower), John Piper (artist) and Vanessa Redgrave (actor).


LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP
Barnes Children’s Centre:   This is a children’s centre.
Barnes Squash Club:   
Brackenbury Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Bute House Preparatory School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 11.
Chase House School:   Other independent special school which accepts students between the ages of 7 and 16.
Dalling House Mandarin Immersion School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11. Admissions policy: Non-selective.
Earl’s Court Free School Primary:   Free schools (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 11.
Good Shepherd RC Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Gothick Cottage:   The address of Gothick Cottage was 372 Goldhawk Road, W6
Hammersmith:   Hammersmith is a district in west London, England, in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, approximately five miles (eight kilometres) west of Charing Cross on the north bank of the River Thames.
John Betts Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 5 and 11.
Larmenier & Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Latymer Upper School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 7 and 19. Admissions policy: Selective (grammar).
Le Herisson School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 2 and 6.
Lena Gardens Primary School:   Academy converter (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Lowther Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
Manor Cottage:   Other independent special school which accepts students between the ages of 7 and 16.
New Blue Hall Cinema:   The New Blue Hall Cinema opened on 10 December 1912 with a seating capacity of 1300.
Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital:   Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital is one of the oldest maternity hospitals in Europe, dating from 1739, and until 1998 occupied a site in Goldhawk Road.
Ravenscourt Park:   
Ravenscourt Park Preparatory School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 11.
Sacred Heart High School:   Academy converter (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 19. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).
Saint Peter’s Square Garden:   
St Paul’s Church of England Primary School, Walworth:   Voluntary aided school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
St Paul’s Girls’ School:   St Paul’s Girls’ School is an independent school which accepts students between the ages of 10 and 19.
The Godolphin and Latymer School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 18.
The Harrodian School:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 18.
TLG West London:   Other independent school which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 16. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).
Wendell Park Primary School:   Community school (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 3 and 11.
West London Free School:   Free schools (Secondary) which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 18. Admissions policy: Comprehensive (secondary).
West London Free School Primary:   Free schools (Primary) which accepts students between the ages of 4 and 11.
Westside Academy Trust:   Free schools alternative provision which accepts students between the ages of 11 and 16.


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Fuller's, Chiswick:   This image depicts workers outside Fuller's Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, about 1900.


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Abinger Road, W4 · Addison Grove, W4 · Adie Road, W6 · Agate Road, W6 · Airedale Avenue, W4 · Airedale Road South, W4 · Aiten Place, W6 · Albion Court, W6 · Albion Mews, W6 · Albion Place, W6 · Aldensley Road, W6 · Amor Road, W6 · Argyle Place, W6 · Ashchurch Grove, W12 · Ashchurch Park Villas, W12 · Ashchurch Terrace, W12 · Ashcroft Square, W6 · Askew Road, W12 · Astrop Terrace, W6 · Atwood Road, W6 · Aylmer Road, W12 · Balfern Grove, W4 · Banim Street, W6 · Barb Mews, W6 · Barnes Avenue, SW13 · Baronsmead Road, SW13 · Bassein Park Road, W12 · Batoum Gardens, W6 · Batson Street, W12 · Beadon Road, W6 · Beauclerc Road, W6 · Beavor Lane, W6 · Becklow Road, W12 · Belgrave Road, SW13 · Benbow Road, W6 · Berestede Road, W6 · Berkeley Road, SW13 · Beverley Road, W4 · Binden Road, W12 · Black Lion Lane, W6 · Black Lion Mews, W6 · Black’s Road, W6 · Blacks Road, W6 · Blades Court, W6 · Bowfell Road, W6 · Brackenbury Road, W6 · Bradmore Park Road, W6 · Bridge Avenue, W6 · Bridge View, W6 · British Grove South, W4 · British Grove, W4 · British Grove, W6 · Broadway Chambers, W6 · Broadway Shopping Centre, W6 · Brook Green, W6 · Bute Gardens, W6 · Cambridge Court, W6 · Cambridge Grove, W6 · Cardross Street, W6 · Carthew Road, W6 · Carthew Villas, W6 · Chambon Place, W6 · Chancellor’s Road, W6 · Chancellors Street, W6 · Chancellors Wharf, W6 · Charlotte Court, W6 · Chiswick Lane South, W4 · Chiswick Lane, W4 · Chiswick Mall, W4 · Church Street, W4 · Cleveland Avenue, W4 · Cobbold Mews, W12 · Cobbold Road, W12 · Colwith Road, W6 · Cornwall Grove, W4 · Cosmur Close, W12 · Coulter Road, W6 · Cressy Court, W6 · Crisp Road, W6 · Cromwell Avenue, W6 · Cromwell Grove, W6 · Cumberland Road, SW13 · Curwen Road, W12 · Dalling Road, W6 · Davisville Road, W12 · Dewhurst Road, W6 · Dimes Place, W6 · Distillery Road, W6 · Dorchester Grove, W4 · Dorville Crescent, W6 · Down Place, W6 · Edans Court, W12 · Ellaline Road, W6 · Ellingham Road, W12 · Emlyn Road, W12 · Emlyn Road, W6 · Ennismore Avenue, W4 · Everdon Road, SW13 · Eynham House, W4 · Eyot Gardens, W4 · Eyot Gardens, W6 · Felgate Mews, W6 · Ferry Road, SW13 · Flanchford Road, W12 · Flanchford Road, W6 · Flanders Mansions, W4 · Flanders Road, W4 · Flora Gardens, W6 · Furber Street, W6 · Gainsborough Road, W4 · Galata Road, SW13 · Galena Arches, W6 · Galena Road, W6 · Gayford Road, W12 · Glemthorne Mews, W6 · Glenthorne Mews, W6 · Glenthorne Road, W14 · Glenthorne Road, W6 · Goldhawk Road, W6 · Grasmere Court, SW13 · Great Church Lane, W6 · Great West Road, W6 · Greenside Road, W12 · Grove Mews, W6 · Gwynne Close, W4 · Haarlem Road, W14 · Hadyn Park Road, W12 · Hamlet Gardens, W6 · Hammersmith Bridge Road, W6 · Hammersmith Broadw, W6 · Hammersmith Broadway, W6 · Hammersmith Bus Station, W6 · Hammersmith Flyover, W6 · Hammersmith Grove, W6 · Hammersmith Terrace, W4 · Hammersmith Terrace, W6 · Hartswood Road, W12 · Hebron Road, W6 · Holcombe Street, W6 · Homefield Road, W4 · Howsman Road, SW13 · Iffley Road, W6 · Invermead Close, W6 · Jeddo Road, W12 · Kelmscott Gardens, W12 · Kentwode Green, SW13 · Kilmarsh Road, W6 · Kilmington Road, SW13 · King Henry’s Reach, W6 · King St Cloisters, W6 · King Street Cloisters, W6 · King Street, W6 · Kings Court, W6 · Kings Mall, W6 · Kings Yard, E15 · Kinnear Road, W12 · Lamington Street, W6 · Land at Prebend Gardens, W6 · Landor Walk, W12 · Larnach Road, W6 · Latymer Upper School Subway, W6 · Lena Gardens, W6 · Liffords Place, SW13 · Linkenholt Mansions, W6 · Lochaline Street, W6 · Lonsdale Road, SW13 · Lonsdale Road, W4 · Lord Napier Place, W6 · Loris Road, W6 · Lower Mall, W6 · Lowther Road, SW13 · Luxemburg Gardens, W6 · Lyric Square, W6 · Macbeth Street, W6 · Madrid Road, SW13 · Mall Road, W6 · Manbre Road, W6 · Mawson Lane, W4 · Mayfield Road, W12 · Melrose Gardens, W6 · Mercers Place, W6 · Merton Avenue, W4 · Metropolitan Station Arcade, W6 · Metropolitan Station Buildings, W6 · Millers Way, W6 · Mulberry Place, W6 · Nasmyth Street, W6 · Nella Road, W6 · Netheravon Road South, W4 · Netheravon Road, W4 · Netherwood Place, W14 · Newport Road, SW13 · North Verbena Gardens, W6 · Nowell Road, SW13 · Oil Mill Lane, W6 · Overstone Road, W6 · Paddenswick Road, W6 · Palgrave Road, W12 · Parfrey Street, W6 · Parke Road, SW13 · Parkside, W6 · Percy Road, W12 · Perrers Road, W6 · Petley Road, W6 · Playfair Street, W6 · Pleydell Avenue, W6 · Poplar Grove, W6 · Prebend Gardens, W4 · Prebend Gardens, W6 · Queen Caroline Street, W6 · Railway Arches, W6 · Rainville Road, SW6 · Rainville Road, W6 · Rannoch Road, W6 · Ravenscourt Avenue, W6 · Ravenscourt Gardens, W6 · Ravenscourt Hospital, W6 · Ravenscourt Park, W6 · Ravenscourt Road Arches, W6 · Ravenscourt Road, W6 · Ravenscourt Square, W6 · Ravensmede Way, W4 · Raynham Road, W6 · Redmore Road, W6 · Richford Gate, W6 · Richford Street, W6 · Rivercourt Road, W6 · Riverside Gardens, W6 · Roman Road, W4 · Rosedale Terrace, W6 · Rosedew Road, W6 · Rowan Road, W6 · Roxwell Road, W12 · Russell Close, W4 · Rutland Grove, W6 · Rylett Crescent, W12 · Rylett Road, W12 · Saint Peter’s Grove, W6 · Saint Peter’s Square, W6 · Shepherds Bush Road, W6 · Skelwith Road, W6 · South Black Lion Lane, W6 · South Side, W6 · Southerton Road, W6 · St James Street, W6 · St Peter’s Wharf, W6 · St Peters Road, W6 · St Peter’s Square, W6 · St. James Street, W6 · Stamford Brook Arches, W6 · Stamford Brook Avenue, W6 · Stamford Brook Gardens, W6 · Stamford Brook Road, W6 · Stamford Court, W6 · Starfield Road, W12 · Sterndale Road, W6 · Stillingfleet Road, SW13 · Stronsa Road, W12 · Studland Street, W6 · Suffolk Road, SW13 · Sulgrave Road, W6 · Sussex Place, W6 · Sycamore Gardens, W6 · Tabor Road, W6 · Thames Path, W6 · The Arches Glenthorne Road, W6 · The Arches, W6 · The Broadway, SW13 · The Grampians, W6 · The Meres, SW13 · The Power House, W4 · The Square, W6 · The Wakefield Centre, W6 · Theresa Road, W6 · Trussley Road, W6 · Ullswater Road, SW13 · Upham Park Road, W4 · Upper Mall, W6 · Valetta Road, W3 · 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