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London street names, their origin, and some famous London Addresses!

Sherlock Holmes never paid a Mortgage for 221 of Baker Street and Charles II was one of the few kings who had a private street for himself. This and some other London-related facts are things that we never know unless someone tell us about them, and so we have thought it was worth revealing some of the truth behind those well-known places, people and street, so that next time you walk through the streets of London, you will see them with other eyes…


King’s Road SW3/6/10

This was once, quite literally, the King’s private road, used by Charles II on journeys between St James’s Palace and Hampton Court. Others could obtain a special pass, but it did not become a public thoroughfare until 1830.

 Temeraire Street, SE 16

Named after the warship Temeraire, which had fought at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 it was broken up at the yard of Beatson, a local firm, in 1838. The destruction of this once novel vessel attracted much public attention: it was the subject of a song and of J.M.W. Turner’s famous painting “The Fighting Temeraire”, now in the National Gallery.


 50 Wimpole Street

Now demolished, this was the home of Elizabeth Barret for the eight years prior to her elopement and secret marriage to Robert Browning in 1846. Their love story has been immortalised by the 1934 film, “The Barrets of Wimpole Street”, and its remake in 1956.

 221 Baker Street

One of London’s most widely-known addresses, the home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes – never existed. In his day, the highest number in Baker Street was 85. There was no 221 until 1930, but this fictional address became so famous that Abbey National, the building society that occupies 221, continues to receive letters addressed to the great detective.

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