Postal area SW1V

Postal area in/near Pimlico, existing between 1917 and now

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2012

Postcode


1231

The streets of SW1V:
Alderney Street Alderney Street was originally Stanley Street, after George Stanley, local landowner.
Antrobus Street Antrobus Street, now demolished, was long called Rutland Street.
Aylesford Street Aylesford Street was built in 1848.
Balvaird Place Balvaird Place is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Belgrave Road Belgrave Road is a street in the Pimlico area of London.
Bessborough Gardens Bessborough Gardens is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Bessborough Place Bessborough Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Bessborough Street Bessborough Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Bloomberg Street Bloomberg Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Bloomburg Street Bloomburg Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Bridge Place Bridge Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Buckland House Residential block
Bulleid Way Bulleid Way is a road in the SW1W postcode area
Cambridge Street Cambridge Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Carey Place Carey Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Charlwood Place Charlwood Place is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Charlwood Street Charlwood Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Chichester Street Chichester Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Churchill Gardens Road Churchill Gardens Road is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Churchill Gardens Churchill Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Churton Place Churton Place is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Churton Street Churton Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Clarendon Street Clarendon Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Claverton Street Claverton Street runs from Lupus Street to Grosvenor Road.
Crown Reach Riverside Walk Crown Reach Riverside Walk is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Cumberland Street Cumberland Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Dells Mews Dells Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Denbigh Mews Denbigh Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Denbigh Place Denbigh Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Denbigh Street Denbigh Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Dolphin Square East Side Dolphin Square consists of blocks of private flats built between 1935 and 1937.
Dolphin Square West Dolphin Square West is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Drummond Gate Drummond Gate is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Duncan House Residential block
East Concourse East Concourse is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Ebury Bridge Ebury Bridge is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Eccleston Square Mews Eccleston Square Mews is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Eccleston Square Eccleston Square is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Egerton House Residential block
Elizabeth Bridge Elizabeth Bridge is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Frobisher House Residential block
Garden Terrace Garden Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Gillingham Row This is a street in the SW1V postcode area
Gillingham Street Gillingham Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Glasgow Terrace Glasgow Terrace has coexisted with the name of Caledonia Street.
Gloucester Street Gloucester Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Greenwood Greenwood is a road in the SE26 postcode area
Grosvenor Road Grosvenor Road forms part of the Thames embankment.
Guildhouse Street Guildhouse Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Hatherley Street Hatherley Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Ppostal area.
Hudsons Place Hudsons Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Hugh Street Hugh Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Johnson’s Place Johnson’s Place is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Joseph Conrad House Residential block
Keyes House Residential block
King’s Scholars’ Passage King’s Scholars’ Passage is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Lindsay Square Lindsay Square is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Longmoore Street Longmoore Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Lupus Street Lupus Street was named after Hugh Lupus, Earl of Chester.
Lutyens House Residential block
Main Concourse Main Concourse is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Moreton Street Moreton Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Moreton Terrace Mews North Moreton Terrace Mews North is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Morpeth Mansions Morpeth Mansions Morpeth Mansions Morpeth Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW1Ppostal area.
Morpeth Mansions Morpeth Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW1Ppostal area.
Neat House Place Neat House Place is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Neate House Residential block
Neathouse Place Neathouse Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Nelson House Residential block
Paxton Terrace Paxton Terrace is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Peabody Avenue Peabody Avenue is a road in the SW1W postcode area
Peabody Avenue Peabody Avenue, completed in 1885, is a monument to the birth of social housing.
Ponsonby Place Ponsonby Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1Ppostal area.
Ponsonby Terrace Ponsonby Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW1Ppostal area.
Pulford Street Pulford Street was a street between its construction in 1848 and demolition after the Second World War.
Rampayne Street Rampayne Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Ranelagh Road Ranelagh Road is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Rivermill Rivermill is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
St George’s Square St Georges Square is a long narrow space reaching to the river with an enclosed garden in the centre.
St Georges Drive St Georges Drive is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
St Georges Row St Georges Row was built as Monster Row circa 1785, and renamed in 1833.
St Saviours Hall St Saviours Hall is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Sussex Street Sussex Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Sutherland Street Sutherland Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Tachbrook Mews Tachbrook Mews is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Tachbrook Street Tachbrook Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
The Arcade The Arcade is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Thorndike Street Thorndike Street is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Tintern House Residential block
Turpentine Lane Turpentine Lane is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Udall Street Udall Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Ppostal area.
Upper Tachbrook Street Upper Tachbrook Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Vauxhall Bridge Road Vauxhall Bridge Road is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Vauxhall Bridge Road This is a street in the SW1P postcode area
Vauxhall Bridge Vauxhall Bridge is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Vauxhall Bridge Vauxhall Bridge is a road in the SW8 postcode area
Victoria Arcade Victoria Arcade is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Victoria Subway Victoria Subway is a road in the SW1X postcode area
Warwick Place North Warwick Place North is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Warwick Square Mews Warwick Square Mews is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Warwick Square Warwick Square is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Warwick Way Warwick Way is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
West Mews West Mews is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Westmoreland Terrace Westmoreland Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Wilton Road Wilton Road is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.
Winchester Street Winchester Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1Vpostal area.


CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LOCALITY


Lived here
Richard Roques   
Added: 21 Jan 2021 16:53 GMT   

Buckingham Street residents
Here in Buckingham Street lived Samuel Pepys the diarist, Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling

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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.

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The Underground Map   
Added: 8 Dec 2020 00:24 GMT   

Othello takes a bow
On 1 November 1604, William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello was presented for the first time, at The Palace of Whitehall. The palace was the main residence of the English monarchs in London from 1530 until 1698. Seven years to the day, Shakespeare’s romantic comedy The Tempest was also presented for the first time, and also at the Palace of Whitehall.

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Born here
www.violettrefusis.com   
Added: 17 Feb 2021 15:05 GMT   

Birth place
Violet Trefusis, writer, cosmopolitan intellectual and patron of the Arts was born at 2 Wilton Crescent SW1X.

Source: www.violettrefusis.com

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LATEST LONDON-WIDE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROJECT

Lived here
Norman Norrington   
Added: 8 Jun 2021 08:08 GMT   

Blechynden Street, W10
Lived here #40 1942-1967

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Brenda Newton   
Added: 5 Jun 2021 07:17 GMT   

Hewer Street W10
John Nodes Undertakers Hewer Street W10

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Added: 3 Jun 2021 15:50 GMT   

All Bar One
The capitalisation is wrong

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Added: 3 Jun 2021 15:50 GMT   

Abbeville Road (1940 street directory)
North west side
1A Clarke A S Ltd, motor engineers
15 Plumbers, Glaziers & Domestic Engineers Union
25 Dixey Edward, florist
27 Vicary Miss Doris J, newsagent
29 Stenning John Andrew, dining rooms
31 Clarke & Williams, builders
33 Hill Mrs Theodora, confectioner
35 Golding W & sons, corn dealers
... here is Shandon road ...
37 Pennington Mrs Eliz Harvie, wine & spirit merchant
39 Westminster Catering Co Ltd, ham, beef & tongue dealers
41 Masters A (Clapham) Ltd, butchers
43 Thomas Euan Ltd, grocers
45 Garrett C T & Co Ltd, undertakers
47 Mayle T & Sons, fishmongers
49 Mayles Ltd, fruiterers
51 & 73 Hardy Arthur Sydney, draper
53 United Dairies (London) Ltd
... here is Narbonne avenue ...
55 Norris William Lennox, baker
57 Silver Star Laundry Ltd
59 Thorp John, oilman
61 Bidgood Leonard George, boot makers
63 Wilkie Rt Miln, chemist
65 Gander George Albert Isaac, hairdresser
67 Harris Alfred William, greengrocer
69 & 71 Lambert Ernest & Son Ltd, grocers
... here is Hambolt road ...
73 & 51 Hardy Arthur Sydney, draper
75 Cambourn Frederick, butcher
77 Siggers Clement, chemist
77 Post, Money Order, Telephone Call & Telegraph Office & Savings Bank
79 Hemmings William, baker
... here is Elms road ...
85 Cornish Joseph
91 Bedding Mrs
151 Johnson Mrs H K
157 Robinson Albert Ernest, grainer
173 Yardleys London & Provincial Stores Ltd, wine & spirit merchants
175 Clark Alfred, butcher
175A Morley Douglas Frederick, confectioner
... here is Crescent lane ...
... her is St Alphonsus road ...

South east side
... here is Trouville road ...
4 Bossy Miss, private school
... here are Bonneville gardens ...
24 Osborn Charles Edward, ladies hairdresser
24 Hall H Ltd, builders
24A Walton Lodge Laundry Ltd
... here are Shandon road & Abbeville mansions ...
28 Copley Fred Smith, chemist
30 Finch H G Ltd, laundry
32 Carter William Alfred, furniture dealer
34 Spriggs Charles & Co, wireless supplies dealer
36 Miles Frederick William, confectioner
38 Pitman Frederick, hairdresser
40 Rowe Frederick F, valeting service
42 Modridge Edward J, oilman
... here is Narbonne avenue ...
44 Southorn Albert, butcher
46 Brown Ernest, fruiterer
48 Stanley Mrs A A, confectioner
50 Fryatt Owen, delixatessen store
52 Benbrooks, domestic stores
54 Davis William Clifford, boot repairer
56 Blogg Alfred, newsagent
58 Rowlands Thomas & Sons, dairy
... here are Hambalt, Elms, Franconia, Caldervale & Leppoc roads ...
124 Clarke Frederick, decorator
... here are Crescent lane, Briarwood road & Park hill ...

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Added: 2 Jun 2021 16:58 GMT   

Parachute bomb 1941
Charles Thomas Bailey of 82 Morley Road was killed by the parachute bomb March 1941

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Boo Horton    
Added: 31 May 2021 13:39 GMT   

Angel & Trumpet, Stepney Green
The Angel & Trumpet Public House in Stepney Green was run by my ancestors in the 1930’s. Unfortunately, it was a victim on WWII and was badly damaged and subsequently demolished. I have one photograph that I believe to bethe pub, but it doesn’t show much more that my Great Aunt cleaning the steps.

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MCNALLY    
Added: 17 May 2021 09:42 GMT   

Blackfriars (1959 - 1965)
I lived in Upper Ground from 1959 to 1964 I was 6 years old my parents Vince and Kitty run the Pub The Angel on the corner of Upper Ground and Bodies Bridge. I remember the ceiling of the cellar was very low and almost stretched the length of Bodies Bridge. The underground trains run directly underneath the pub. If you were down in the cellar when a train was coming it was quite frightening

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PETER FAIRCLOUGH   
Added: 10 May 2021 14:46 GMT   

We once lived here
My family resided at number 53 Brindley Street Paddington.
My grandparents George and Elizabeth Jenkinson (ne Fowler) had four children with my Mother Olive Fairclough (ne Jenkinson) being born in the house on 30/09/1935.
She died on 29/04/2021 aged 85 being the last surviving of the four siblings

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Lillington Gardens Lillington Gardens is an estate in the Pimlico area, constructed in phases between 1961 and 1980.
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 James the Less St James the Less is an Anglican church built by George Edmund Street in the Gothic Revival style.
St Mary’s Church, Vincent Square St Mary’s was established in 1837 and closed in 1923.
St Saviour’s St Saviour’s is an Anglo-Catholic church in Pimlico.
Victoria Coach Station Victoria Coach Station is the largest coach station in London.
Westminster Under School Westminster Under School is an independent school and preparatory school for boys aged 7 to 13 and is attached to Westminster School.

NEARBY STREETS
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.
Belgrave Road, SW1V Belgrave Road is a street in the Pimlico area of London.
Bessborough Street, SW1V Bessborough Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
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.
Bridge Place, SW1V Bridge Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W Buckingham Palace Road runs from the south side of Buckingham Palace towards Chelsea.
Buckingham Palace, SW1W Buckingham Palace is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Buckland House, SW1V Residential block
Bulleid Way, SW1V Bulleid Way is a road in the SW1W postcode area
Cambridge Street, SW1V Cambridge Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Chapter Chambers, SW1P Chapter Chambers is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
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.
Chichester Street, SW1V Chichester Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal 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.
Clarendon Street, SW1V Clarendon Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Coburg Close, SW1P Coburg Close is a road in the SW1P postcode area
Colonnade Walk, SW1W Colonnade Walk is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Cumberland Street, SW1V Cumberland Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Dells Mews, SW1V Dells Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Denbigh Mews, SW1V Denbigh Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Denbigh Place, SW1V Denbigh Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Denbigh Street, SW1V Denbigh Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Douglas Street, SW1P Douglas Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
East Concourse, SW1V East Concourse is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Ebury Bridge, SW1V Ebury Bridge is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Ebury Street, SW1W Ebury Street runs from the Grosvenor Gardens junction south-westwards to Pimlico Road.
Eccleston Bridge, SW1W Eccleston Bridge derives its name from Eccleston in Cheshire, where the Grosvenor family own property.
Eccleston Place, SW1W Eccleston Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Eccleston Square Mews, SW1V Eccleston Square Mews is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Eccleston Square, SW1V Eccleston Square is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Eccleston Street, SW1W Eccleston Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Eccleston Yard, SW1W Eccleston Yard is a location in London.
Egerton House, SW1V Residential block
Elizabeth Bridge, SW1V Elizabeth Bridge is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Elverton Street, SW1P Elverton Street is a road in the SW1P postcode area
Fountain Square, SW1W Fountain Square is one of the streets of London in the SW1W postal area.
Garden Terrace, SW1V Garden Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Gillingham Row, SW1V This is a street in the SW1V postcode area
Gillingham Street, SW1V Gillingham Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Gloucester Street, SW1V Gloucester Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Guildhouse Street, SW1V Guildhouse Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Hatherley Street, SW1V Hatherley Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Hide Place, SW1P Hide Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Hudsons Place, SW1V Hudsons Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Hugh Street, SW1V Hugh Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Joseph Conrad House, SW1V Residential block
King’s Scholars’ Passage, SW1V King’s Scholars’ Passage is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Longmoore Street, SW1V Longmoore Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Lupus Street, SW1V Lupus Street was named after Hugh Lupus, Earl of Chester.
Main Concourse, SW1V Main Concourse is one of the streets of London in the SW1V 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
Morpeth Mansions Morpeth Mansions, SW1V Morpeth Mansions Morpeth Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Morpeth Mansions, SW1V Morpeth Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Mulberry Square, SW1W Mulberry Square is a location in London.
Neat House Place, SW1V Neat House Place is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Neate House, SW1V Residential block
Neathouse Place, SW1V Neathouse Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Peabody Avenue, SW1V Peabody Avenue is a road in the SW1W postcode area
Peabody Avenue, SW1V Peabody Avenue, completed in 1885, is a monument to the birth of social housing.
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.
Rivermill, SW1V Rivermill is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Rochester Row, SW1P Rochester Row was home to the Bishop of Rochester in 1666.
Silverdale Industrial Estate, SW1W A street within the SW1W postcode
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 Georges Drive, SW1V St Georges Drive is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
St Georges Row, SW1V St Georges Row was built as Monster Row circa 1785, and renamed in 1833.
St Saviours Hall, SW1V St Saviours Hall is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Stillington Street, SW1P Stillington Street is a road in the SW1P postcode area
Sussex Street, SW1V Sussex Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Sutherland Street, SW1V Sutherland Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Tachbrook Mews, SW1V Tachbrook Mews is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Tachbrook Street, SW1V Tachbrook Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
The Arcade, SW1V The Arcade is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Thorndike Street, SW1V Thorndike Street is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Tintern House, SW1V Residential block
Turpentine Lane, SW1V Turpentine Lane is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Udall Street, SW1V Udall Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Upper Tachbrook Street, SW1V Upper Tachbrook Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Vauxhall Bridge Road, SW1V Vauxhall Bridge Road is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Vauxhall Bridge Road, SW1V This is a street in the SW1P postcode area
Victoria Place, SW1W Victoria Place 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.
Walcott Street, SW1P Walcott Street was named after Reverend MEC Walcott, curate of the St Margaret’s, Westminster in the 1840s.
Warwick Place North, SW1V Warwick Place North is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Warwick Square Mews, SW1V Warwick Square Mews is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Warwick Square, SW1V Warwick Square is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Warwick Way, SW1V Warwick Way is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
West Mews, SW1V West Mews is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Westmoreland Terrace, SW1V Westmoreland Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Willow Place, SW1P Willow Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1P postal area.
Willow Place, SW1P Willow Place is a road in the SW1V postcode area
Wilton Road, SW1V Wilton Road is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.
Winchester Street, SW1V Winchester Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1V postal area.


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.


LOCAL PHOTOS
The 52 bus
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Boscobel Oaks, 1804
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Broadway SW1
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Grosvenor Gardens Mews East
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Edbury Square, c. 1906.
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Antrobus Street sign
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In the neighbourhood...

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Wood engraving showing mothers, with their children, exercising at Tothill Fields Prison, London. Shelfmark: Crime 9 (64)
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The Lillington Gardens estate
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The sign for the "Stage Door", formerly a pub in Allington Street, SW1
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Grosvenor Gardens Mews East
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Antrobus Street sign
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The Monster Tea Gardens (1820)
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