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Orchard Court is an apartment block off of Portman Square in London. Known in French as Le Verger, it was used during the Second World War as the London base of F section of the Special Operations Executive (SOE).

The spying industry had its professional origins during World War II - it had previously been quite an amateur affair.

As the war went on and SOE’s operational capacity grew, 64 Baker Street became its headquarters from October 1940 onwards. By 1943, various apartment blocks around the Baker Street area became an SOE hub.

In Orchard Court, SOE’s F section vetted new recruits for secret missions to France.

The F Section was commanded by Maurice Buckmaster, assisted by Vera Atkins, who are said to have been the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s ‘M’ and Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond stories. Vera Atkins was responsible for interviewing recruits, as well as organising their training and creating the cover stories for spies. Atkins has been much praised for her extraordinary work in the SOE. During her time at Orchard Court she sent 470 agents into France, including 39 women, 12 of whom were never to return.

In the words of one former spy, Noor Inayat Khan: The time the agents spent at Orchard Court was a brief period of luxury before their gruelling, dangerous stints in the field.

After the war, SOE moved out and Orchard Court retired back into its previous life as just another block of flats.


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Orchard Court in Portman Square

Orchard Court in Portman Square

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NEARBY STREETS
Admiral Court, W1U Admiral Court is a road in the W1U postcode area
Aldburgh Mews, W1U Aldburgh Mews is a road in the W1U postcode area
Aybrook Street, W1U Aybrook Street roughly follows the path of the former Aye, or Eye Brook.
Baker Street, W1U Baker Street was laid out in the 18th century by the builder William Baker, after whom it is named.
Bakers Mews, W1U Bakers Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Balderton Flats, W1K Balderton Flats is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Balderton Street, W1K Balderton Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Barrett Street, W1U Barrett Street is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Bentinck Mansions, W1U Bentinck Mansions is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Bentinck Mews, W1U Bentinck Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Bentinck Street, W1U Bentinck Street is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Berkeley Mews, W1H Berkeley Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1H postal area.
Bilton Towers, W1H Bilton Towers is one of the streets of London in the W1H postal area.
Binney Street, W1K Binney Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Bird Street, W1U Bird Street is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Blandford Street, W1U Blandford Street is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Blenheim Street, W1S Blenheim Street is one of the streets of London in the W1S postal area.
Broadstone Place, W1U Broadstone Place is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Brook Street, W1K Brook Street was named after the Tyburn Brook that formerly ran nearby,
Brooks Mews, W1K Brooks Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Brown Hart Gardens, W1K Brown Hart Gardens is a road in the W1K postcode area
Brunswick Mews, W1H Brunswick Mews is a road in the W1H postcode area
Bryanston Mews East, W1H Bryanston Mews East is one of the streets of London in the W1H postal area.
Bryanston Mews West, W1H Bryanston Mews West is a road in the W1H postcode area
Bryanston Square, W1G Bryanston Square was built as part of the Portman Estate between 1810 and 1815.
Bryanston Square, W1H Bryanston Square is a road in the W1H postcode area
Bryanston Street, W1C Bryanston Street is a road in the W1C postcode area
Bryanston Street, W1H This is a street in the W1H postcode area
Bryanston Street, W2 Bryanston Street is a road in the W2 postcode area
Bulstrode Place, W1U Bulstrode Place is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Bulstrode Street, W1G Bulstrode Street is a road in the W1G postcode area
Bulstrode Street, W1U Bulstrode Street runs from Welbeck Street in the east to Thayer Street in the west.
Clay Street, W1U Clay Street is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Clenston Mews, W1H Clenston Mews is a road in the W1H postcode area
Connaught Place, W2 Connaught Place is a street near to Marble Arch.
Crawford Mews, W1H Crawford Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1H postal area.
Crawford Street, W1H Crawford Street is one of the streets of London in the W1H postal area.
Cross Keys Close, W1U Cross Keys Close is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Cumberland Gate, W1C Cumberland Gate is one of the streets of London in the W1C postal area.
Cumberland Mansions, W1H Cumberland Mansions is one of the streets of London in the W1H postal area.
Davies Mews, W1K Davies Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Davies Street, W1J Davies Street is a road in the W1J postcode area
Davies Street, W1K Davies Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Davis Street, W1K Davis Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Dorset Street, W1U Dorset Street is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Duke Street, W1K Duke Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Duke Street, W1U Duke Street is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Dukes Mews, W1U Dukes Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Dunraven Street, W1K Dunraven Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Edwards Mews, W1U Edwards Mews is a road in the W1U postcode area
Fitzhardinge House, W1H Residential block
Fitzhardinge Street, W1H Fitzhardinge Street is one of the streets of London in the W1H postal area.
Forset Street, W1H Forset Street is a road in the W1H postcode area
Gee’s Court, W1U This is a street in the W1U postcode area
Gees Court, W1U Gees Court is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
George Street, W1H George Street is one of the streets of London in the W1H postal area.
George Street, W1U George Street is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Gilbert Street, W1K Gilbert Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Gloucester Place, W1H Gloucester Place is a road in the W1H postcode area
Gloucester Place, W1U Gloucester Place is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Granville Place, W1H Granville Place is one of the streets of London in the W1H postal area.
Great Cumberland Place, W1 Great Cumberland Place is one of the streets of London in the W1 postal area.
Great Cumberland Place, W1H Great Cumberland Place is one of the streets of London in the W1H postal area.
Green Street, W1K Green Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Hampden Gurney Street, W1H Hampden Gurney Street is one of the streets of London in the W1H postal area.
Harley Place, W1G Harley Place is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
Harley St Underground Car Park, W1G Harley St Underground Car Park is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
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.
Henrietta Place, W1G Henrietta Place is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
Hertford House, W1U Residential block
Hinde Mews, W1U Hinde Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Hinde Street, W1U Hinde Street was built from 1777 by Samuel Adams and named after Jacob Hinde who was the son-in-law of the landwoner Thomas Thayer.
Holmes Place, W1U Holmes Place is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Jacobs Well Mews, W1U Jacobs Well Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
James Street, W1U James Street is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Jason Court, W1U Jason Court was part of the ancient village of Marylebone.
Kendall Place, W1U Kendall Place is a road in the W1U postcode area
Kenrick Place, W1U Kenrick Place is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Lees Place, W1K Lees Place is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Lowstock Road, W1U Lowstock Road is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Lumley Street, W1C Lumley Street is a road in the W1C postcode area
Lumley Street, W1K Lumley Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Luxborough Towers, W1U Luxborough Towers is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Manchester Mews, W1U Manchester Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Manchester Square, W1U Manchester Square is a small but well-preserved Georgian square in Marylebone.
Manchester Street, W1U Manchester Street is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Mandeville Place, E15 Mandeville Place is a road in the E15 postcode area
Mandeville Place, W1U Mandeville Place is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Marble Arch, W1H Marble Arch is a major road junction in the West End, surrounding the monument of the same name.
Marylebone High Street, W1G Marylebone High Street is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
Marylebone Lane, W1C Marylebone Lane is a road in the W1C postcode area
Marylebone Lane, W1U Marylebone Lane is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Marylebone Mews, W1G Marylebone Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
Marylebone Street, W1G Marylebone Street is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
Montagu Mews North, W1H Montagu Mews North is one of the streets of London in the W1H postal area.
Montagu Place, W1H Montagu Place is one of the streets of London in the W1H postal area.
Montagu Row, W1U Montagu Row is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Montagu Square, W1H Montagu Square was built as part of the Portman Estate between 1810 and 1815.
Montagu Street, W1H This is a street in the W1H postcode area
Moxon Street, W1U Moxon Street once went by the name of Paradise Street, at odds with its appearance.
New Cavendish Street, W1G New Cavendish Street is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
New Quebec Street, W1H New Quebec Street is one of the streets of London in the W1H postal area.
North Audley Street, W1K North Audley Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
North Row, W1K North Row is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Old Quebec Street, W1 Old Quebec Street is a road in the W1 postcode area
Old Quebec Street, W1H Old Quebec Street is one of the streets of London in the W1H postal area.
Orchard Court, W1H Orchard Court is a road in the W1H postcode area
Orchard Street, W1H Orchard Street is one of the streets of London in the W1H postal area.
Orchard Street, W1K Orchard Street is a road in the W1K postcode area
Ossington Buildings, W1U Ossington Buildings is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Oxford Street, W1C Oxford Street is Europe’s busiest shopping street, with around half a million daily visitors, and as of 2012 had approximately 300 shops.
Park Lane, W1C Park Lane is a road in the W1C postcode area
Picton Place, W1U Picton Place is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Portman Close, W1U Portman Close is a road in the W1U postcode area
Portman Mews South, W1H Portman Mews South is one of the streets of London in the W1H postal area.
Portman Square, W1H Portman Square is a square, part of the Portman Estate, located at the western end of Wigmore Street, which connects it to Cavendish Square to its east.
Portman Street, W1C Portman Street is a road in the W1C postcode area
Portman Street, W1H Portman Street is one of the streets of London in the W1H postal area.
Providence Court, W1K This is a street in the W1K postcode area
Quebec Mews, W1H Quebec Mews is a road in the W1H postcode area
Queen Anne Street, W1G Queen Anne Street is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
Red Place, W1K Red Place is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Robert Adam Street, W1U Robert Adam Street was the 1938 renamed Adams Street.
Rodmarton Street, W1U Rodmarton Street is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Sandgate Trading Estate, SE15 A street within the W1K postcode
Sedley Place, W1C Sedley Place is one of the streets of London in the W1C postal area.
Sedley Place, W1K Sedley Place is a road in the W1K postcode area
Seymour Mews, W1H Seymour Mews is one of the streets of London in the W1H postal area.
Seymour Street, SE18 A street within the SE18 postcode
Seymour Street, W1H Seymour Street is one of the streets of London in the W1H postal area.
Seymour Street, W2 Seymour Street is a street in Paddington.
South Molton Lane, W1K South Molton Lane is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
South Molton Street, W1K South Molton Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Spanish Place, W1U Spanish Place is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
St Christophers House, W1U Residential block
St Christophers Place, W1U St Christophers Place is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
St Vincent Street, W1U Saint Vincent Street is a road in the W1U postcode area
St. Anselm’s Place, W1K St. Anselm’s Place is a road in the W1K postcode area
Stourcliffe Street, W1H Stourcliffe Street is one of the streets of London in the W1H postal area.
Stratford Place, W1C Stratford Place is one of the streets of London in the W1C postal area.
Thayer Street, W1U Thayer Street is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Upper Berkeley Street, W1H Upper Berkeley Street is one of the streets of London in the W1H postal area.
Upper Montagu Street, W1H Upper Montagu Street is one of the streets of London in the W1H postal area.
Vere Street, W1G Vere Street is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
Vincent Court, W1H Vincent Court is one of the streets of London in the W1H postal area.
Weighhouse Street, W1K Weighhouse Street is one of the streets of London in the W1K postal area.
Welbeck Street, W1G Welbeck Street has historically been associated with the medical profession.
Welbeck Way, W1G Welbeck Way is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
West One Shopping Centre, W1C West One Shopping Centre is one of the streets of London in the W1C postal area.
Westmoreland Street, W1G Westmoreland 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.
Wigmore Place, E17 A street within the postcode
Wigmore Place, W1U Wigmore Place is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Wigmore Street, W1H Wigmore Street is one of the streets of London in the W1H postal area.
Wigmore Street, W1U Wigmore Street is one of the streets of London in the W1U postal area.
Wimpole Mews, W1G Wimpole Mews is a road in the W1G postcode area
Wimpole Street, W1G Wimpole Street is one of the streets of London in the W1G postal area.
Woodstock Street, W1C Woodstock Street is one of the streets of London in the W1C postal area.
Wyndham Mews, W1H Wyndham Mews is a road in the W1H postcode area
Wyndham Place, W1H Wyndham Place leads from the northern end of Bryanston Square to the 1821 Church of St Mary’s.
Wyndham Yard, W1H Wyndham Yard is a road in the W1H postcode area
York Street, W1H York Street is one of the streets of London in the W1H postal area.


Marylebone

Marylebone - so good they named it once but pronounced it seven different ways.

Marylebone is an area in the City of Westminster North of Oxford Street and South of Regents Park. Edgware Road forms the Western boundary. Portland Place forms the eastern boundary with the area known as Fitzrovia.

Marylebone gets its name from a church, called St Mary’s, that was built on the bank of a small stream or bourne called the Tyburn. The church and the surrounding area later became known as St Mary at the bourne, which over time became shortened to its present form Marylebone.

Today the area is mostly residential with a stylish High Street. It is also notable for its Arab population on its far western border around Edgware Road.

Marylebone station, opened in 1899, is the youngest of London’s mainline terminal stations, and also one of the smallest, having opened with half the number of platforms originally planned.

Originally the London terminus of the ill-fated Great Central Main Line, it now serves as the terminus of the Chiltern Main Line route.

The underground station is served by the Bakerloo Line, opening on 27 March 1907 by the Baker Street and Waterloo Railway under the name Great Central (following a change from the originally-intended name Lisson Grove). It was renamed Marylebone in 1917.


LOCAL PHOTOS
Montagu House, Portman Square
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Portman Square, W1H
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