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.'. Devonshire House .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 29th June 2011 in london-history | demolished-buildings, iron-work, queens-kings, victorian
Devonshire House was built on the site of Berkeley House, which John, Lord Berkeley, erected at a cost of over £30,000 on his return from his tenure of the viceroyalty of Ireland; it was constructed from 1665 to 1673. The house was later occupied by Barbara Villiers, Duchess of Cleveland, a mistress of Charles II. The house, a classical mansion built by Hugh May, had been purchased by William Cavendish, 1st Duke of Devonshire in 1697 and subsequently renamed Devonshire House.Devonshire House in Piccadilly was the London residence of the Dukes of Devonshire in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was built for William Cavendish, 3rd Duke of Devonshire in the...

.'. Queen Caroline's Bath .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 26th May 2011 in london-history | demolished-buildings, queens-kings, secret-london
Queen Caroline was the Princess Di of her day - married to her unfaithful husband King George IV. When he decided to leave her the decision made him very unpopular throughout the kingdom. Caroline was already a Brunswick Princess before marrying George; it is said the marriage was arranged to pay large gambling debts.Caroline first arrived in England in 1795 and George was shocked to see that she was no oil painting. She gave birth to a daughter Princess Charlotte of Wales in 1796, they lived separated lives and she was never crowned Queen, by which time George was back to his old ways of having mistresses. Caroline moved from the Royal palace to Montague House...

.'. Christ Church Greyfriars .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 22nd January 2011 in london-history | demolished-buildings, gardens, horror-stories, listed-buildings, queens-kings, secret-london
The first church on this site was built for Franciscan Friars (Grey Friars) in the 13th Century.After the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century, the church was renamed Christ Church.Destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666, the Church was rebuilt by Christopher Wren. Unfortunately, it was then left in ruins by bombing in World War II. Today, only the steeple remains. There is a rose garden among the ruins.All seems tranquil and peaceful - but beware, as many restless ghosts are said to frequent this churchyard.The most infamous ghosts to have been seen haunting this area, are said to be those of two beautiful murderesses, who are buried here at Greyfriar...

.'. Staples Inn - Holborn .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 21st April 2011 in london-history | iron-work, listed-buildings, weather-vane
Staple Inn is a building on the south side of High Holborn in London, England. Located near Chancery Lane tube station, it is used as the London office of the Institute of Actuaries and is the last surviving Inn of Chancery and is a listed building.It was originally attached to Gray's Inn, which is one of the four Inns of Court. The Inns of Chancery fell into decay in the 19th century. All of them were dissolved, and most were demolished. Staple Inn is the only one that survives largely intact.Staple Inn dates from 1585. The building was once the wool staple, where wool was weighed and taxed. It survived the Great Fire of London, was extensively damaged by a Naz...

.'. St Dunstan-in-the-East .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 6th May 2011 in london-history | church, demolished-buildings, gardens, iron-work, listed-buildings
++ To my Friend Martina Mihalciakova Melkonian ++The original church was built around 1100 in the gothic style, but was severely damaged in the Great Fire of London. Rather than being completely rebuilt, the damaged church was patched up and a steeple, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, added. This was unusual in that Wren designed it in the gothic style to match the old church. There is a story that during a storm someone once hurried to tell Wren that all of his steeples had been damaged. 'Not St. Dunstan's,' he replied confidently. However, by the early 19th century the church was in a very poor state and was rebuilt by David Laing, with assistance by...

.'. Somerset Palace .'.

Posted by danielemiddleton on 26th March 2011 in london-history | burial-site, listed-buildings, palaces, queens-kings
In 1539, Edward Seymour obtained a grant of land at "Chester Place, outside Temple Bar, London" from Henry VIII of England. When the sickly boy-king Edward VI of England came to the throne in 1547, Seymour became Duke of Somerset and Lord Protector.About 1549 he pulled down an old Inn of Chancery and other houses that stood on the site and began to build himself a truly imposing residence, but after a lot of money and in the struggle for power he was overthrown and in 1552 paid with his head on Tower Hill. "Somerset Place" then came into the possession of the Crown and was used by Princess Elizabeth for some years before she was crowned Elizabeth I of England...
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