Berkley Sq, London W1

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A Poole Collection image from London no less with a fine building on "Berkley" Square in London.

With thanks to today's contributors we have confirmation that this is Lansdowne House off Berkeley Square. Home to several Prime Ministers, the house was demolished in sections through the early 20th century, with this capture likely before works in the mid-1920s. What remains today is used by the Lansdowne Club...

Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: catalogue date ca.1901-1954, but likely pre-1925


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    Niall McAuley

    • 22/Mar/2016 08:52:33

    Lansdowne House, I believe. Per that wikipedia article, this is before 1931 when the house was partly demolished and the facade moved. The facade in Streetview in its new position.

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    • 22/Mar/2016 09:15:12

    From the history on the Lansdowne Club's website, it's probably before 1925, as that's when the gardens and carriage way were taken to build shops.

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    • 22/Mar/2016 09:45:37

    Is that a nightingale perched in the tree, singing its heart out ?

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    • 22/Mar/2016 12:38:27

    how pleasing to my eyes is this.

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    • 22/Mar/2016 15:45:39

    Quite the history attached to this! Interesting the relationship between Lansdowne and Shelburne! We in Dublin know those names only too well! An extract from that Wikipedia article "Designed by Robert Adam as a private house for John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute but in 1763 he sold it unfinished to William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne (both men became Prime Minister). Shelburne retained Adam until 1771, when his wife died, with parts of the decoration still incomplete. George Dance the Younger and Robert Smirke later worked on the house. From 1763 to 1929 it belonged to the Petty-FitzMaurice family, Marquesses of Lansdowne. In 1931 part of the original house was demolished to allow a new road to be built. Since 1935, part of it has been the home of the Lansdowne Club. The positioning of the property was rather unusual. It had a large front garden occupying the whole of the southern side of the square, which it faced side on. This arrangement gave Devonshire House on Piccadilly an open aspect behind as far as the square. Famous former owners or residents of Lansdowne House include: John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, British Prime Minister (1762-63) William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne (later 1st Marquess of Lansdowne), British Prime Minister (1782-83) William Pitt the Younger, British Prime Minister (1783-1801, 1804-1806) William Waldorf Astor, 1st Viscount Astor, Richest man in America at the time (1891-1893) Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, was a British Liberal statesman and Prime Minister (1894 - 1895) Harry Gordon Selfridge, founder of the Selfridges department store"

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 22/Mar/2016 21:32:49

    Thanks all. Hope all are keeping safe and well this evening.

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    Karin Joy Passmore

    • 25/Mar/2016 15:45:19

    Is the building darkened by coal pollution?

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    • 26/Mar/2016 00:27:41 Yes, but some of the stains are due to those wretched nightingales who insisted on singing in Berkeley Square.