Great Portland Street, W1W

Road in/near Great Portland Street, existing between 1717 and now

 HOME  ·  ARTICLE  OPENSTREETMAP  GOOGLE MAP  STREETS  BLOG 
(51.523 -0.144, 51.523 -0.144) 

Great Portland Street, W1W

MAP YEAR:1750180018301860190019502021Remove markers
Road · * · W1W ·
September
30
2016

Great Portland Street forms the boundary between Fitzrovia to the east and Marylebone to the west.

Different owners and interests influenced the initial development of the area and affected the street layout and character. Edward Harley – Earl of Oxford and Mortimer, was responsible for the development of the Portland Estate, which commenced with Cavendish Square in 1717 and grew north and east. Great Portland Street's name is derived from the estate and several other street names in the area are related to the area's ownership, albeit less obviously.

Although the land up to Great Titchfield Street was controlled by the Portland Estate, other estates developed nearby land simultaneously. The Berners family who owned land just to the east of Great Portland Street, developed from Wells Street and Rathbone Place in the mid-18th century. At the same time the Middlesex Hospital expanded on land on a 99-year lease around Mortimer Street, encroaching on Riding House and Cleveland Streets. The proximity of unrelated developers with different agendas explains the unusual pattern of street grids centred on Great Portland Street, where several east-west streets terminate or originate.

Great Portland Street runs straight from north to south through the grid of streets. The layout, combined with its width and the concentration of shops along its length, means it has for a long time been a local centre and thoroughfare, connecting the residential areas around Regent's Park with the West End. It has also resulted in it becoming a divider, emphasising the contrasting areas to either side. To the east,are artistic areas such as Fitzrovia, which have historically been less well-to-do than the west, with its grand parade of Portland Place, residential areas for the gentry, and doctors and medical institutions on Harley Street.

Development of the estate was gradual but particularly so on Great Portland Street. This had an effect during its redevelopment in the late-19th/early-20th centuries when rebuilding was dictated by the expiration of individual 99-year leases, and is evident in the buildings in existence today.

The most coherent element to the architecture is the predominance of Edwardian buildings to the north and Victorian buildings towards Oxford Street, particularly noticeable when there has been occasional consolidation of plots, leading to consistent façades above street level such as in the block between Clipstone and Carburton Streets. The trend of period groupings is another result of the slowness of the first development. As buildings in the south were built earlier than those in the north, their leases expired earlier, setting off a wave of redevelopment which meant that rebuilding in the south took place in the late-Victorian era, whilst that in the north was delayed until the Edwardian.

The Blitz made it necessary for further re-building after the war, although the damage incurred along the street was not particularly extensive so there are few modern buildings, and although the aesthetic today is a jumble of architectural styles and eras, the overall feel is that of an historic street.


Licence: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike Licence



CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LOCALITY



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.

Reply
Comment
Jessie Doring   
Added: 22 Feb 2021 04:33 GMT   

Tisbury Court Jazz Bar
Jazz Bar opened in Tisbury Court by 2 Australians. Situated in underground basement. Can not remember how long it opened for.

Reply

The Underground Map   
Added: 8 Dec 2020 00:24 GMT   

Othello takes a bow
On 1 November 1604, William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello was presented for the first time, at The Palace of Whitehall. The palace was the main residence of the English monarchs in London from 1530 until 1698. Seven years to the day, Shakespeare’s romantic comedy The Tempest was also presented for the first time, and also at the Palace of Whitehall.

Reply

Reg Carr   
Added: 10 Feb 2021 12:11 GMT   

Campbellite Meeting
In 1848 the Campbellites (Disciples of Christ) met in Elstree Street, where their congregation was presided over by a pastor named John Black. Their appointed evangelist at the time was called David King, who later became the Editor of the British Millennial Harbinger. The meeting room was visited in July 1848 by Dr John Thomas, who spoke there twice on his two-year ’mission’ to Britain.

Reply
LATEST LONDON-WIDE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROJECT


Comment
GRaleigh   
Added: 23 Feb 2021 09:34 GMT   

Found a bug
Hi all! Thank you for your excellent site. I found an overlay bug on the junction of Glengall Road, NW6 and Hazelmere Road, NW6 on the 1950 map only. It appears when one zooms in at this junction and only on the zoom.

Cheers,
Geoff Raleigh

Source: Glengall Road, NW6

Reply
Comment
Jessie Doring   
Added: 22 Feb 2021 04:33 GMT   

Tisbury Court Jazz Bar
Jazz Bar opened in Tisbury Court by 2 Australians. Situated in underground basement. Can not remember how long it opened for.

Reply

Christine Clark   
Added: 20 Feb 2021 11:27 GMT   

Number 44 (1947 - 1967)
The Clark’s moved here from Dorking my father worked on the Thames as a captain of shell mex tankers,there were three children, CHristine, Barbara and Frank, my mother was Ida and my father Frank.Our house no 44 and 42 were pulled down and we were relocated to Bromley The rest of our family lived close by in Milton Court Rd, Brocklehurat Street, Chubworthy street so one big happy family..lovely days.

Reply

Linda    
Added: 18 Feb 2021 22:03 GMT   

Pereira Street, E1
My grandfather Charles Suett lived in Periera Street & married a widowed neighbour there. They later moved to 33 Bullen House, Collingwood Street where my father was born.

Reply
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

Reply
Born here
Vanessa Whitehouse   
Added: 17 Feb 2021 22:48 GMT   

Born here
My dad 1929 John George Hall

Reply

   
Added: 16 Feb 2021 13:41 GMT   

Giraud Street
I lived in Giraud St in 1938/1939. I lived with my Mother May Lillian Allen & my brother James Allen (Known as Lenny) My name is Tom Allen and was evacuated to Surrey from Giraud St. I am now 90 years of age.

Reply

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.

Reply
NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Adam and Eve Tearooms The Adam and Eve Tearooms were a fashionable Georgian watering hole.
Great Portland Street Great Portland Street is a London Underground station near Regent’s Park.
Regent’s Park Regent’s Park - not the park itself but the tube station.

NEARBY STREETS
Albany Terrace, NW1 Albany Terrace was named after Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany, brother of the Prince Regent (George IV).
Beaumont Mews, W1G Beaumont Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
Beaumont Street, W1G Beaumont Street is the location of the King Edward VII Hospital and the Marylebone Library.
Bolsover Street, W1W Bolsover Street - home to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital since 1907.
Brock Street, NW1 Brock Street was formerly called Henry Street.
Brunswick Place, NW1 Brunswick Place is a street in Camden Town.
Bryanston Square, W1G Bryanston Square was built as part of the Portman Estate between 1810 and 1815.
BT Tower, W1T The BT Tower is a communications tower, previously known as the GPO Tower, the Post Office Tower and the Telecom Tower.
Cambridge Gate Mews, NW1 Cambridge Gate Mews is a road in the NW1 postcode area
Candover Street, W1W Candover Street is one of the streets of London in the W1W postal area.
Carburton Street, W1W Carburton Street is one of the streets of London in the W1W postal area.
Charlotte Mews, W1T Charlotte Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1T postal area.
Chitty Street, W1T Chitty Street runs between Charlotte Street and Whitfield Street.
Cleveland Street, W1T Cleveland Street is a location in London.
Cleveland Street, W1W Cleveland Street maybe dates from before 1632 when its name was recorded as Wrastling Lane.
Clipstone Mews, W1T Clipstone Mews is a road in the W1T postcode area
Clipstone Street, W1W Clipstone Street is one of the streets of London in the W1W postal area.
Collingwood House, W1W Residential block
Conway Mews, W1T Conway Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1T postal area.
Conway Street, W1T Conway Street runs from the Euston Road in the north to Fitzroy Square in the south.
De Walden Court, W1W De Walden Court is one of the streets of London in the W1W postal area.
Devonshire Close, W1G Devonshire Close is a road in the W1G postcode area
Devonshire Mews South, W1G Devonshire Mews South is a road in the W1G postcode area
Devonshire Mews West, W1G Devonshire Mews West is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
Devonshire Place Mews, W1G Devonshire Place Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
Devonshire Place, W1G Devonshire Place is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
Devonshire Row Mews, W1B Devonshire Row Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1W postal area.
Devonshire Street, W1B Devonshire Street is a road in the W1B postcode area
Devonshire Street, W1G Devonshire Street is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
Devonshire Street, W1W Devonshire Street is one of the streets of London in the W1W postal area.
Drummond Street, NW1 Drummond Street was the original site of Euston Station.
Duchess Mews, W1B Duchess Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
Duchess Street, W1B Duchess Street is one of the streets of London in the W1W postal area.
Duchess Street, W1B Duchess Street is a road in the W1B postcode area
Dunstable Mews, W1G Dunstable Mews is a road in the W1G postcode area
Euston Centre, NW1 Euston Centre is a street in Camden Town.
Euston Road, W1T Euston Road is a road in the W1T postcode area
Euston Tower, NW1 Euston Tower is a skyscraper located at 286 Euston Road, near the intersection with Tottenham Court Road.
Fair Road, W1B Fair Road is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
First Floor, W1T First Floor is one of the streets of London in the W1T postal area.
Fitzroy Court, W1T Fitzroy Court is a road in the W1T postcode area
Fitzroy Mews, W1T Fitzroy Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1T postal area.
Fitzroy Square, W1T Fitzroy Square is one of the Georgian squares of London.
Fitzroy Street, W1T Fitzroy Street is one of the streets of London in the W1T postal area.
Foley Street, W1W Foley Street is one of the streets of London in the W1W postal area.
Foundry Mews, NW1 Foundry Mews is a road in the NW1 postcode area
Goodge Place, W1T Goodge Place is one of the streets of London in the W1T postal area.
Gosfield Street, W1W Gosfield Street is one of the streets of London in the W1W postal area.
Grafton Mews, W1T Grafton Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1T postal area.
Grafton Way, W1T Grafton Way is one of the streets of London in the W1T postal area.
Grafton Way, WC1E Grafton Way was formerly Grafton Street.
Great Titchfield Street, W1W Great Titchfield Street is one of the streets of London in the W1 postal area.
Great Titchfield Street, W1W Great Titchfield Street is one of the streets of London in the W1W postal area.
Greenwell Street, W1T Greenwell Street is a road in the W1T postcode area
Greenwell Street, W1W Greenwell Street is one of the streets of London in the W1W postal area.
Hallam Street, W1W Hallam Street is one of the streets of London in the W1W postal area.
Hanson Street, W1W Hanson Street is one of the streets of London in the W1W postal area.
Harley House, NW1 Residential block
Harley Street, W1G Harley Street, the centre of private medical practices in London, was named after Thomas Harley who was Lord Mayor of London in 1767.
Howland Street, W1T Howland Street is one of the streets of London in the W1T postal area.
Kent House, W1B Residential block
Laxton Place, NW1 Laxton Place is a street in Camden Town.
Little Albany Street, NW1 Little Albany Street is a street in Camden Town.
Little Titchen Street, W1W Little Titchen Street is one of the streets of London in the W1W postal area.
Longford Street, NW1 Longford Street is a street in Camden Town.
Maple Street, W1T Maple Street is one of the streets of London in the W1T postal area.
Maple Street, W1T This is a street in the 92103 postcode area
Marylebone High Street, W1U Marylebone High Street is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
Marylebone High Street, W1U Marylebone High Street is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Marylebone Road, W1G Marylebone Road is a road in the W1G postcode area
Marylebone Road, W1G Marylebone Road is a road in the W1B postcode area
Marylebone Street, W1G Marylebone Street is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
Middleton Buildings, W1W Middleton Buildings is one of the streets of London in the W1W postal area.
Middleton Place, W1W Middleton Place is one of the streets of London in the W1W postal area.
Midford Place, W1T Midford Place is one of the streets of London in the W1T postal area.
Munster Square, NW1 Munster Square is a street in Camden Town.
New Cavendish Street, W1B New Cavendish Street is one of the streets of London in the W1 postal area.
New Cavendish Street, W1G New Cavendish Street is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
New Cavendish Street, W1W New Cavendish Street is one of the streets of London in the W1W postal area.
North Gower Street, NW1 North Gower Street is a street in Camden Town.
Ogle Street, W1W Ogle Street is one of the streets of London in the W1W postal area.
Osnaburgh Street, NW1 Osnaburgh Street is a street in Camden Town.
Park Crescent Mews East, W1G Park Crescent Mews East is a road in the W1B postcode area
Park Crescent Mews West, W1G Park Crescent Mews West is a road in the W1G postcode area
Park Crescent, W1B Park Crescent is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Park Square East, NW1 Park Square East lies north of Park Crescent and Marylebone Road.
Park Square West, NW1 Park Square West was built in 1823–24 by the architect John Nash.
Peto Place, NW1 Peto Place is a road in the NW1 postcode area
Portland Place, W1B Portland Place is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Quadrant Arcade, W1B Quadrant Arcade is one of the streets of London in the W1B postal area.
Salt Yard, W1T A street within the W1T postcode
St Andrews Place, NW1 St Andrews Place is a street in Camden Town.
St Annes, NW1 St Annes is a street in Camden Town.
St Mary Magdalene Church, NW1 St Mary Magdalene Church is a street in Camden Town.
Stephenson Way, NW1 Stephenson Way is a street in Camden Town.
Tolmers Square, NW1 Tolmers Square roughly covers the site of a reservoir of the New River Company.
Tottenham Mews, W1T Tottenham Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1T postal area.
Tottenham Street, W1T Tottenham Street is one of the streets of London in the W1T postal area.
Triton Square, NW1 Triton Square is a street in Camden Town.
Triton Street, NW1 Triton Street is a road in the NW1 postcode area
Upper Harley Street, W1G Upper Harley Street is a street in Camden Town.
Upper Wimpole Street, W1G Upper Wimpole Street is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
Walden House, W1U Residential block
Warren Court, NW1 Warren Court is a street in Camden Town.
Warren Mews, W1T Warren Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1T postal area.
Warren Street, W1T Warren Street was named after Anne Warren (1737–1807), the wife of Charles FitzRoy, landowner.
Waverley Court, W1G Waverley Court is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
Westmoreland Street, W1G Westmoreland Street is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
Weymouth Mews, W1G Weymouth Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
Weymouth Street, W1B Weymouth Street is a road in the W1B postcode area
Weymouth Street, W1G Weymouth Street is one of the streets of London in the W1W postal area.
Weymouth Street, W1G Weymouth Street is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
Wheatley Street, W1G Wheatley Street is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
Whitfield Place, W1T Whitfield Place is one of the streets of London in the W1T postal area.
Whitfield Street, W1T Whitfield Street runs from Warren Street in the north to Windmill Street in the south.
Wimpole Mews, W1G Wimpole Mews is a road in the W1G postcode area
York Terrace East, W1G York Terrace East is a street in Camden Town.


Great Portland Street

Great Portland Street is a London Underground station near Regent’s Park.

It was opened on 10 January 1863 as Portland Road, renamed Great Portland Street and Regents Park in 1923 and changed to its present name on 1 March 1917.

The current structure was built in 1930 on a traffic island on the Marylebone Road at its intersection with Great Portland Street and Albany Street. Its construction is a steel framed cream terracotta clad exterior, with the perimeter providing shops and originally a car showroom with office space over the station. Great Portland Street was at a major sales location for the motor industry. It was designed by the architect C.W. Fowler and Grade II listed in January 1987.

Local points of interest include Regent’s Park, and the Post Office Tower. The station is very close to Regent’s Park station, which is on the Bakerloo line.

The station is across the street from the main building of International Student House, a student residence and hostel and is also near Harley Street medical district, famous for its doctors and surgeons.

Great Portland Street itself forms the boundary between Fitzrovia to the east and Marylebone to the west. Like the better known Portland Place which runs parallel with it to the west, Great Portland Street was developed by the Dukes of Portland, who owned most of the eastern half of Marylebone in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is now a mixed use street with buildings of mainly five to eight storeys. There are some offices and a number of blocks of mansion flats.


LOCAL PHOTOS
BT Tower
TUM image id: 1481989234
Licence: CC BY 2.0
St. James Gardens
Credit: Google
TUM image id: 1530005129
Licence: CC BY 2.0
Grotto Passage
Credit: Wiki Commons
TUM image id: 1604231019
Licence: CC BY 2.0

In the neighbourhood...

Click an image below for a better view...
BT Tower
TUM image id: 1481989234
Licence: CC BY 2.0
Beaumont Street (2014)
Credit: Philafrenzy/Wiki Commons
TUM image id: 1596551507
Licence: CC BY 2.0
Camden Town, from the Hampstead Road, Marylebone (1780)
Credit: Old and New London: Volume 5 (1878)
TUM image id: 1529948529
Licence: CC BY 2.0
Jason Court W1
Credit: The Underground Map
TUM image id: 1526076132
Licence: CC BY 2.0
The March Of The Guards To Finchley - outside the Adam and Eve Tea Rooms.
Credit: William Hogarth
TUM image id: 1488380896
Licence: CC BY 2.0
This painting bears the inscription: All that remained in the year 1844 of the once celebrated Rhobess Farm, Hampstead Road now Ampthill Square
Credit: Wikimedia Commons
TUM image id: 1529944586
Licence: CC BY 2.0
Print-friendly version of this page