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Underground station · Gloucester Road · SW7 ·
JUNE
2
2013

Gloucester Road: Where Rumpole of the Bailey hung his hat.

Gloucester Road - the street - runs north-south between Kensington Gardens (at which point it is known as Palace Gate) and the Old Brompton Road at the south end. At its intersection with Cromwell Road is Gloucester Road tube station, close to which there are several pubs, restaurants, many hotels and St. Stephen’s Church (built in 1867 and, notably, the church warden of which was the poet T. S. Eliot).

The road is named after Maria, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh who built a house there in 1805. It was earlier called Hog Moore Lane (1612), that is ’lane through marshy ground where hogs are kept’, a name that was still used until about 1850.

Gloucester Road is the residence (25B Froxbury Court) of the fictional barrister Horace Rumpole of John Mortimer’s Rumpole of the Bailey series of short stories.

Gloucester Road underground station is in two parts: sub-surface platforms, opened in 1868 by the Metropolitan Railway as part of the company’s extension of the Inner Circle route from Paddington to South Kensington and to Westminster, and deep-level platforms opened in 1906 by the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway. A variety of underground and mainline services have operated over the sub-surface tracks. The deep-level platforms have remained largely unaltered. A disused sub-surface platform features periodic art installations as part of Transport for London’s Art on the Underground scheme.


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Chiho Aoshima at Platform for Art, Gloucester Road tube station

Chiho Aoshima at Platform for Art, Gloucester Road tube station
Richard W.M. Jones

NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Baden-Powell House Baden-Powell House is a Scouting hostel and conference centre built as a tribute to Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting..
Bailey’s Hotel The Bailey’s Hotel, 140 Gloucester Road, is a historic hotel in Kensington.
Cromwell Curve The Cromwell Curve was a short section of railway line between Gloucester Road and High Street Kensington stations.
Glendower Preparatory School Glendower Prep School is an independent preparatory school for girls aged 4 to 11.
Nokes Estate Nokes Estate was an agricultural estate in the Earl’s Court area, formerly known as Wattsfield.
Queen’s Gate School Queen’s Gate School is an independent day school for girls.
St Mary Abbot’s St Mary Abbot’s Hospital operated from 1871 to 1992. From 1846 to 1869 the site housed the Kensington Parish Workhouse.
The Bentley London The Bentley London is a luxury hotel located at 27-33 Harrington Gardens in South Kensington.
Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, formerly the Webber Douglas School of Singing and Dramatic Art, was a drama school, and originally a singing school.

THE STREETS OF GLOUCESTER ROAD
Albert Mews, SW7 Albert Mews is a small cobbled mews, built in 1865
Ashburn Gardens, SW7 Ashburn Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Ashburn Place, SW7 Ashburn Place is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Colbeck Mews, SW7 Colbeck Mews is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Courtfield Road, SW7 Courtfield Road is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Gloucester Arcade, SW7 Gloucester Arcade is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Gloucester Road, SW7 Gloucester Road is a main street in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Harrington Gardens, SW7 Harrington Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Kynance Mews, SW7 Kynance Mews consists of 33 residential properties on a mews road which starts at Gloucester Road and ends in a cul-de-sac.
Kynance Place, SW7 Kynance Place is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Southwell Gardens, SW7 Southwell Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Victoria Grove, W8 Victoria Grove is a street in Kensington.
Wetherby Place, SW7 Wetherby Place is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.




LOCAL PHOTOS
Kensington Temple in 2015
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Horbury Crescent, 2015
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Sands End
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Coach and Horses
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23-24 Leinster Gardens
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Gloucester Road, 1866
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Earl's Court Farm (1867)
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