Pimlico house history

A Grade II house built in the 1860s. Originally intended as a southern Belgravia, Pimlico was constructed over the marshlands at great expense by Thomas Cubitt. It was always socially tricky owing to the railway and the great bulk of Millbank Penitentiary next door. The house veered from decades of multi-occupation to some eminent residents later in its history.

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Fulham house history

A house built c1880, in a street mainly occupied by people working for the railways.  A poignant story emerged of a railway signalman who lost his job and in his late fifties became a coal miner in Nottinghamshire.  The house was built near the site of Bartholomew Rocque’s nursery (a florist of considerable reputation, and the brother of John Rocque, the famous 18th century land surveyor of London).

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Westminster house history

A Grade II listed house in Westminster, thought to date from c1725.  A description of the street in 1708, as well as continuous occupancy, would suggest an earlier date of c1700.  Members of Parliament, high-ranking men in the Exchequer, Army officers, dramatists and people with minor titles all lived in the street during its early history.  One wayward teenager ran away to sea in 1746, and provided the inspiration for Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones.

In the 19th century there was a social downhill slide from the 18th century professional single-family homes to multi-occupancy houses, and just behind was an area described by Dickens as ‘The Devil’s Acre’, a haven for debtors and felons.

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