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Underground station · Knightsbridge · ·
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Knightsbridge was originally a small hamlet, between the villages of Chelsea (Chelsey), Kensington (Kensing town) and Charing. In the time of Edward I, the manor of Knightsbridge appertained to the abbey of Westminster. It was named after a crossing of the River Westbourne, which is now an underground river.

Knightsbridge is notable as an ultra-expensive residential area, and for the density of its upmarket retail outlets. Fourteen of Britain's two hundred most expensive streets are in the district.

Knightsbridge is leafy, especially considering its location at the heart of London. It is home to many of the world's richest people, and has some of the highest property prices in the world. In February 2007, the world's then most expensive apartment at One Hyde Park, sold off plan for £100,000,000, and was bought by a Qatari Prince, and another apartment at the same place in February 2009, of almost the same price was bought by an Afghani Prince.

The principal landowners in the area are the Duke of Westminster and Earl Cadogan. The two areas of aristocratic landholdings can be distinguished: red-brick Queen Anne Revival buildings are mostly to be found on the Cadogan Estates, whereas white stucco-fronted houses are mostly found on the Grosvenor Estate, built by Thomas Cubitt.

Knightsbridge station opened on 15 December 1906 by the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway (GNP&BR, now the Piccadilly Line). When opened, the platforms were accessed in the standard manner by four lifts and an emergency staircase connecting to parallel passageways and bridges to midway along the platforms. The original station building designed by Leslie Green was located on Brompton Road a short distance west of its junction with Knightsbridge and Sloane Street.


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Emma Seif   
Added: 25 Jan 2022 19:06 GMT   

Birth of the Bluestocking Society
In about 1750, Elizabeth Montagu began hosting literary breakfasts in her home at 23 (now 31) Hill Street. These are considered the first meetings of the Bluestocking society.

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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.

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Lived here
Julian    
Added: 23 Mar 2021 10:11 GMT   

Dennis Potter
Author Dennis Potter lived in Collingwood House in the 1970’s

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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.

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Lived here
   
Added: 1 May 2021 16:46 GMT   

Cheyne Place, SW3
Frances Faviell, author of the Blitz memoir, "A Chelsea Concerto", lived at 33, Cheyne Place, which was destroyed by a bomb. She survived, with her husband and unborn baby.

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Katharina Logan   
Added: 9 Aug 2022 19:01 GMT   

Ely place existed in name in 1857
On 7th July 1857 John James Chase and Mary Ann Weekes were married at St John the Baptist Hoxton, he of full age and she a minor. Both parties list their place of residence as Ely Place, yet according to other information, this street was not named until 1861. He was a bricklayer, she had no occupation listed, but both were literate and able to sign their names on their marriage certificate.

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Reginald John Gregory   
Added: 8 Aug 2022 14:07 GMT   

Worked in the vicinity of my ancestor’s house,
Between the years 1982-1998 (unknown to me at the time) I worked in an office close to the site of my ancestors cottage. I discovered this when researching family history - the cottage was mentioned in the 1871 census for Colindeep Lane/Ancient Street coming up from the Hyde. The family lived in the ares betwen 1805 and 1912.

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Barry J. Page   
Added: 27 Jul 2022 19:41 GMT   

Highbury Corner V1 Explosion
Grandma described the V1 explosion at Highbury Corner on many occasions. She was working in the scullery when the flying bomb landed. The blast shattered all the windows in the block of flats and blew off the bolt on her front door. As she looked out the front room window, people in various states of injury and shock were making their way along Highbury Station Road. One man in particular, who was bleeding profusely from glass shard wounds to his neck, insisted in getting home to see if his family was all right. Others were less fortunate. Len, the local newsagent, comforted a man, who had lost both legs caused by the blast, until the victim succumbed to his injuries. The entire area was ravaged and following are statistics. The flying bomb landed during lunch hour (12:46 p.m.) on June 27th 1944. 26 people lost their lives, 84 were seriously injured and 71 slightly injured.

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ANON   
Added: 20 Jul 2022 13:36 GMT   

The Square & Ashmore park
The Square and Ashmore park was the place to be 2000-2005. Those were the greatest times on the estate. everyday people were playing out. the park was full of kids just being kids and having fun, now everyone is grown up and only bump into eachother when heading to the shops or work. I miss the good days( Im 25yrs old as im writing this)

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Added: 18 Jul 2022 13:56 GMT   

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Carolyn Hirst   
Added: 16 Jul 2022 15:21 GMT   

Henry James Hirst
My second great grandfather Henry James Hirst was born at 18 New Road on 11 February 1861. He was the eighth of the eleven children of Rowland and Isabella Hirst. I think that this part of New Road was also known at the time as Gloucester Terrace.

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Richard   
Added: 12 Jul 2022 21:36 GMT   

Elgin Crescent, W11
Richard Laitner (1955-1983), a barrister training to be a doctor at UCL, lived here in 1983. He was murdered aged 28 with both his parents after attending his sister’s wedding in Sheffield in 1983. The Richard Laitner Memorial Fund maintains bursaries in his memory at UCL Medical School

Source: Ancestry Library Edition

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Anthony Mckay   
Added: 11 Jul 2022 00:12 GMT   

Bankfield Cottages, Ass House Lane, Harrow Weald
Bankfield Cottages (now demolished) at the end of Ass House Lane, appear twice in ’The Cheaters’ televison series (made 1960) in the episodes ’The Fine Print’ and ’Tine to Kill’

Source: THE CHEATERS: Episode Index

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Parkside Park Side was situated on the north side of Knightsbridge.
St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge is a Grade II* listed Anglican church.
The Berkeley The Berkeley is a five star deluxe hotel, located in Wilton Place.

THE STREETS OF KNIGHTSBRIDGE
Albert Gate, SW1X Albert Gate is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Ann’s Close, SW1X Ann’s Close is approached through an entrance under a building on Kinnerton Street.
Basil Mansions, SW1X Basil Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Basil Street, SW1X Basil Street is split into two by Hans Crescent.
Beauchamp Mansions, SW3 Beauchamp Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Beauford Gardens, SW3 Beauford Gardens is a location in London.
Beaufort Gardens, SW3 Beaufort Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Bowater House, SW3 Residential block
Bradbrook House, SW1X Bradbrook House is a residential block on Duplex Ride.
Brompton Place, SW3 Brompton Place is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Brompton Road, SW1X Brompton Road lies partly in Westminster and partly in Kensington and Chelsea.
Brompton Square, SW3 Brompton Square is a garden square designed by James Bonnin in 1821.
Cheval Place, SW7 Cheval Place is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Cottage Place, SW3 Cottage Place was the location of Brompton Road station on the Piccadilly Line before its closure.
Duplex Ride, SW1X Duplex Ride is a road in the SW1X postcode area
Egerton Gardens Mews, SW3 Egerton Gardens Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW3 postal area.
Ennismore Gardens, SW7 Ennismore Gardens dates from the 1840s.
Ennismore Mews, SW7 Ennismore Mews runs between Ennismore Gardens and Ennismore Street.
Ennismore Street, SW7 Ennismore Street is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Fairholt Street, SW7 Fairholt Street is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Frederic Mews, SW1X Frederic Mews is a mews off Kinnerton Street.
Grosvenor Crescent Mews, SW1X Grosvenor Crescent Mews is a gated mews.
Grosvenor Crescent, SW1X Grosvenor Crescent is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Hans Crescent, SW1X Hans Crescent forms part of an area informally called Hans Town which dates back to the 18th century.
Hans Road, SW1X Hans Road is a road in the SW1X postcode area
Hans Road, SW3 Hans Road dates from the late eighteenth century.
Harrods Green, SW1X Harrods Green is a road in the HA8 postcode area
Herbert Crescent, SW1X Herbert Crescent is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Hyde Parks Barracks, Hyde Parks Barracks lies within the postcode.
Jefferson House, SW1X Jefferson House is a residential block on Basil Street.
Kensington Gore, SW7 Kensington Gore grew out of King’s Gore - a gore is a narrow, triangular piece of land.
Kent Yard, SW7 Kent Yard is a location in London.
Kingston House North, SW7 Kingston House North replaced a mansion called Kingston House.
Kinnerton Place North, SW1X Kinnerton Place North is a mews off Kinnerton Street.
Kinnerton Place South, SW1X Kinnerton Place South is a mews off Kinnerton Street.
Knight’s Bridge, SW7 Knight’s Bridge is a road in the E20 postcode area
Knightsbridge Court, SW1X Knightsbridge Court is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Knightsbridge Green, SW1X Knightsbridge Green is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Knightsbridge, SW1X Knightsbridge is a main thoroughfare running along the south side of Hyde Park.
Lancelot Place, SW7 Lancelot Place is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Montpelier Mews, SW7 Montpelier Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Montpelier Square, SW7 Montpelier Square is an upmarket residential garden square located in the Knightsbridge area.
Montpelier Street, SW3 Montpelier Street runs north off of Brompton Road.
Montpelier Street, SW7 Montpelier Street is a location in London.
Montpelier Walk, SW7 Montpelier Walk is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
New Ride, SW1X New Ride is a road in the SW1X postcode area
New Ride, SW7 New Ride is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Old Barrack Yard, SW1X Old Barrack Yard is a narrow street of terraced cottages.
Park Close, SW1X Park Close is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Park Mansions, SW1X Park Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Peninsula Tower, SW1X Peninsula Tower is a location in London.
Peninsular Tower, SW1X Peninsular Tower is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Prince’s Gate, SW7 Prince’s Gate is a location in London.
Princes Gate, SW7 Princes Gate is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Queen’s Gardens, SW1X Queen’s Gardens was developed in about 1768–70.
Raphael Street, SW7 Raphael Street was laid out by Lewis Raphael who bought it from former owner Durs Egg’s heirs in 1838.
Relton Mews, SW7 Relton Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Rotten Row, SW1X Rotten Row is a road in the SW1X postcode area
Rotten Row, SW7 Rotten Row is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Rutland Gardens, SW7 Rutland Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Rutland Gate Mews, SW7 Rutland Gate Mews is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Rutland Gate, SW7 Rutland Gate takes its name from the Duke of Rutland.
Rutland Street, SW7 Rutland Street is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
South Carriage Drive, SW1X South Carriage Drive is a road in the SW1X postcode area
South Carriage Drive, SW7 South Carriage Drive is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Stackhouse Street, SW1X Stackhouse Street is a road in the SW1X postcode area
Studio Place, SW1X Studio Place is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Trevor Place, SW7 Trevor Place is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Trevor Square, SW7 Trevor Square is a historic private garden square in Knightsbridge.
Trevor Street, SW7 Trevor Street is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Trevor Walk, SW7 Trevor Walk is a location in London.
Walkway, SW7 Walkway is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Walton Place, SW3 Walton Place is a location in London.
William Mews, SW1X William Mews is a partially redeveloped, private Mews off Lowndes Square.
William Street, SW1X William Street is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.
Wilton Place, SW1X Wilton Place was built in 1825 to connect Belgravia with Knightsbridge.
Wilton Row, SW1X Wilton Row is one of the streets of London in the SW1X postal area.

THE PUBS OF KNIGHTSBRIDGE
Pakenham Tavern The Pakenham Tavern was a pub on the western side of Knightsbridge Green.
Rose and Crown On the south side of the road, between Knightsbridge Green and Rutland Gate was the Rose and Crown.
White Hart Inn The White Hart Inn stood opposite the Knightsbridge Leper Hospital on the bank of the Westbourne.




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Belgrave Square
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Lowndes Street, c. 1905.
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Walton Street, SW3
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Boscobel Place
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Harrods Department Store frontage as viewed along Brompton Rd at night (2012)
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Cadogan Place gardens, SW1. The northern garden was laid out by Humphry Repton in 1806. Repton laid out winding paths and created ridges and dips from excavated soil.
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Lowndes Street, c. 1905.
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Walton Street, SW3
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North side (Nos 2–11) of Raphael Street SW1 in the early 1900s. Raphael Street was laid out over the western portion of Knightsbridge Green in 1843.
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View of the old Rose and Crown in Knightsbridge (1857). Watercolour displayed at the British Museum.
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Knightsbridge Chapel came into existence in association with the Leper Hospital there. Being on the London boundary, a legal loophole allowed it to perform many (sham) marriages, these declining after the 1670s.
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The White Hart Inn stood on Knightsbridge on the eastern bank of the River Westbourne, after the river emerged from the Serpentine. It was demolished in the 1840s to make way for Albert Gate.
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Pakenham Tavern (1875) The tavern was situated at the eastern end of Raphael Street, just off Knightsbridge. It was known for its wild evenings but was pulled down in the 1950s.
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