Knightsbridge

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Knightsbridge was originally a small hamlet, between the villages of Chelsea (Chelsey), Kensington (Kensing town) and Charing. In the time of Edward I, the manor of Knightsbridge appertained to the abbey of Westminster. It was named after a crossing of the River Westbourne, which is now an underground river.

Knightsbridge is notable as an ultra-expensive residential area, and for the density of its upmarket retail outlets. Fourteen of Britain's two hundred most expensive streets are in the district.

Knightsbridge is leafy, especially considering its location at the heart of London. It is home to many of the world's richest people, and has some of the highest property prices in the world. In February 2007, the world's then most expensive apartment at One Hyde Park, sold off plan for £100,000,000, and was bought by a Qatari Prince, and another apartment at the same place in February 2009, of almost the same price was bought by an Afghani Prince.

The principal landowners in the area are the Duke of Westminster and Earl Cadogan. The two areas of aristocratic landholdings can be distinguished: red-brick Queen Anne Revival buildings are mostly to be found on the Cadogan Estates, whereas white stucco-fronted houses are mostly found on the Grosvenor Estate, built by Thomas Cubitt.

Knightsbridge station opened on 15 December 1906 by the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway (GNP&BR, now the Piccadilly Line). When opened, the platforms were accessed in the standard manner by four lifts and an emergency staircase connecting to parallel passageways and bridges to midway along the platforms. The original station building designed by Leslie Green was located on Brompton Road a short distance west of its junction with Knightsbridge and Sloane Street.


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Justin Russ   
Added: 15 Feb 2021 20:25 GMT   

Binney Street, W1K
Binney St was previously named Thomas Street before the 1950’s. Before the 1840’s (approx.) it was named Bird St both above and below Oxford St.

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Lived here
   
Added: 1 May 2021 16:46 GMT   

Cheyne Place, SW3
Frances Faviell, author of the Blitz memoir, "A Chelsea Concerto", lived at 33, Cheyne Place, which was destroyed by a bomb. She survived, with her husband and unborn baby.

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Lived here
Julian    
Added: 23 Mar 2021 10:11 GMT   

Dennis Potter
Author Dennis Potter lived in Collingwood House in the 1970’s

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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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Born here
jack stevens   
Added: 26 Sep 2021 13:38 GMT   

Mothers birth place
Number 5 Whites Row which was built in around 1736 and still standing was the premises my now 93 year old mother was born in, her name at birth was Hilda Evelyne Shaw,

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Born here
Ron Shepherd   
Added: 18 Sep 2021 17:28 GMT   

More Wisdom
Norman Joseph Wisdom was born in St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, West London.

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Jonathan Penner   
Added: 11 Sep 2021 16:03 GMT   

Pennard Road, W12
My wife and I, young Canadians, lodged at 65 (?) Pennard Road with a fellow named Clive and his girlfriend, Melanie, for about 6 months in 1985. We loved the area and found it extremely convenient.

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Added: 1 Sep 2021 16:58 GMT   

Prefabs!
The "post-war detached houses" mentioned in the description were "prefabs" - self-contained single-storey pre-fabricated dwellings. Demolition of houses on the part that became Senegal Fields was complete by 1964 or 1965.

Source: Prefabs in the United Kingdom - Wikipedia

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Matthew Moggridge ([email protected])   
Added: 1 Sep 2021 10:38 GMT   

Lord Chatham’s Ride (does it even exist?)
Just to say that I cycled from my home in Sanderstead to Knockholt Pound at the weekend hoping to ride Lord Chatham’s Ride, but could I find it? No. I rode up Chevening Lane, just past the Three Horseshoes pub and when I reached the end of the road there was a gate and a sign reading "Private, No Entry". I assumed this was the back entrance to Chevening House, country retreat of the Foreign Secretary, and that Lord Chatham’s Ride was inside the grounds. At least that’s what I’m assuming as I ended up following a footpath that led me into some woods with loads of rooted pathways, all very annoying. Does Lord Chatham’s Ride exist and if so, can I ride it, or is it within the grounds of Chevening House and, therefore, out of bounds? Here’s an account of my weekend ride with images, see URL below.

Source: No Visible Lycra: Lord Chatham’s ride: a big disappointmen

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norma brown   
Added: 20 Aug 2021 21:12 GMT   

my grandparents lived there as well as 2 further generations
my home

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Ruth   
Added: 6 Aug 2021 13:31 GMT   

Cheltenham Road, SE15
Harris Girls’ Academy, in Homestall Road, just off Cheltenham Road, was formerly Waverley School. Before that it was built as Honor Oak Girls’ Grammar School. It was also the South London Emergency School during WW2,taking girls from various schools in the vicinity, including those returning from being evacuated.

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Jude Allen   
Added: 29 Jul 2021 07:53 GMT   

Bra top
I jave a jewelled item of clothong worn by a revie girl.
It is red with diamante straps. Inside it jas a label Bermans Revue 16 Orange Street but I cannot find any info online about the revue only that 16 Orange Street used to be a theatre. Does any one know about the revue. I would be intesrested to imagine the wearer of the article and her London life.

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Parkside Park Side was situated on the north side of Knightsbridge.
St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge is a Grade II* listed Anglican church.
The Berkeley The Berkeley is a five star deluxe hotel, located in Wilton Place.

THE STREETS OF KNIGHTSBRIDGE
Albert Gate, SW1X Albert Gate is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Ann’s Close, SW1X Ann’s Close is approached through an entrance under a building on Kinnerton Street.
Basil Mansions, SW1X Basil Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Beauchamp Mansions, SW3 Beauchamp Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Beauford Gardens, SW3 Beauford Gardens is a location in London.
Beaufort Gardens, SW3 Beaufort Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Bowater House, SW3 Residential block
Bradbrook House, SW1X Bradbrook House is a residential block on Duplex Ride.
Brompton Place, SW3 Brompton Place is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Brompton Square, SW3 Brompton Square is a garden square designed by James Bonnin in 1821.
Cheval Place, SW7 Cheval Place is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Cottage Place, SW3 Cottage Place was the location of Brompton Road station on the Piccadilly Line before its closure.
Duplex Ride, SW1X Duplex Ride is a road in the SW1X postcode area
Egerton Gardens Mews, SW3 Egerton Gardens Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Ennismore Gardens, SW7 Ennismore Gardens dates from the 1840s.
Ennismore Mews, SW7 Ennismore Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Ennismore Street, SW7 Ennismore Street is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Fairholt Street, SW7 Fairholt Street is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Frederic Mews, SW1X Frederic Mews is a mews off Kinnerton Street.
Grosvenor Crescent Mews, SW1X Grosvenor Crescent Mews is a gated mews.
Grosvenor Crescent, SW1X Grosvenor Crescent is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Hans Road, SW1X Hans Road is a road in the SW1X postcode area
Hans Road, SW3 Hans Road dates from the late eighteenth century.
Harrods Green, SW1X Harrods Green is a road in the HA8 postcode area
Herbert Crescent, SW1X Herbert Crescent is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Hyde Parks Barracks, Hyde Parks Barracks lies within the postcode.
Jefferson House, SW1X Jefferson House is a residential block on Basil Street.
Kensington Gore, SW7 Kensington Gore grew out of King’s Gore - a gore is a narrow, triangular piece of land.
Kent Yard, SW7 Kent Yard is a location in London.
Kingston House North, SW7 Kingston House North replaced a mansion called Kingston House.
Kinnerton Place North, SW1X Kinnerton Place North is a mews off Kinnerton Street.
Kinnerton Place South, SW1X Kinnerton Place South is a mews off Kinnerton Street.
Knight’s Bridge, SW7 Knight’s Bridge is a road in the E20 postcode area
Knightsbridge Court, SW1X Knightsbridge Court is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Knightsbridge Green, SW1X Knightsbridge Green is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Lancelot Place, SW7 Lancelot Place is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Montpelier Mews, SW7 Montpelier Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Montpelier Square, SW7 Montpelier Square is an upmarket residential garden square located in the Knightsbridge area.
Montpelier Walk, SW7 Montpelier Walk is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
New Ride, SW1X New Ride is a road in the SW1X postcode area
New Ride, SW7 New Ride is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Park Close, SW1X Park Close is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Park Mansions, SW1X Park Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Peninsula Tower, SW1X Peninsula Tower is a location in London.
Peninsular Tower, SW1X Peninsular Tower is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Prince’s Gate, SW7 Prince’s Gate is a location in London.
Princes Gate, SW7 Princes Gate is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Relton Mews, SW7 Relton Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Rotten Row, SW1X Rotten Row is a road in the SW1X postcode area
Rotten Row, SW7 Rotten Row is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Rutland Gardens, SW7 Rutland Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Rutland Gate, SW7 Rutland Gate takes its name from the Duke of Rutland.
Rutland Street, SW7 Rutland Street is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Shepherds Place, W1K Shepherds Place is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
South Carriage Drive, SW1X South Carriage Drive is a road in the SW1X postcode area
South Carriage Drive, SW7 South Carriage Drive is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Studio Place, SW1X Studio Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Trevor Place, SW7 Trevor Place is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Trevor Square, SW7 Trevor Square is a historic private garden square in Knightsbridge.
Trevor Street, SW7 Trevor Street is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Trevor Walk, SW7 Trevor Walk is a location in London.
Upper Brook Street, W1K Upper Brook Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Walkway, SW7 Walkway is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Walton Place, SW3 Walton Place is a location in London.
William Street, SW1X William Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Wilton Row, SW1X Wilton Row is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Woods Mews, W1K Woods Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.

THE PUBS OF KNIGHTSBRIDGE
Pakenham Tavern The Pakenham Tavern was a pub on the western side of Knightsbridge Green.
Rose and Crown On the south side of the road, between Knightsbridge Green and Rutland Gate was the Rose and Crown.
White Hart Inn The White Hart Inn stood opposite the Knightsbridge Leper Hospital on the bank of the Westbourne.




LOCAL PHOTOS
Belgrave Square
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Lowndes Street, c. 1905.
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Walton Street, SW3
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Boscobel Place
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In the neighbourhood...

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Harrods Department Store frontage as viewed along Brompton Rd at night (2012)
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Cadogan Place gardens, SW1. The northern garden was laid out by Humphry Repton in 1806. Repton laid out winding paths and created ridges and dips from excavated soil.
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Lowndes Street, c. 1905.
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Walton Street, SW3
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North side (Nos 2–11) of Raphael Street SW1 in the early 1900s. Raphael Street was laid out over the western portion of Knightsbridge Green in 1843.
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View of the old Rose and Crown in Knightsbridge (1857). Watercolour displayed at the British Museum.
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Knightsbridge Chapel came into existence in association with the Leper Hospital there. Being on the London boundary, a legal loophole allowed it to perform many (sham) marriages, these declining after the 1670s.
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The White Hart Inn stood on Knightsbridge on the eastern bank of the River Westbourne, after the river emerged from the Serpentine. It was demolished in the 1840s to make way for Albert Gate.
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Pakenham Tavern (1875) The tavern was situated at the eastern end of Raphael Street, just off Knightsbridge. It was known for its wild evenings but was pulled down in the 1950s.
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