Monday, September 29, 2008

Bourne Street , Belgravia

At the north end of Bourne Street are some fairly humble (by Belgravia standards) terraced cottages. The houses in Bourne Street are generally 2-storeys with semi-basements and they have 2 or 3 bedrooms. At this end the street crosses Underground lines running to Sloane Square station and in some places you can faintly hear or feel vibration from the trains.
At the south end of the street, is Carmel Hall, built in 1937-1938. This houses the 'Grosvenor Club' - a members-only club along the lines of the old style working men's clubs of the 1950s. (It was built as a church hall by H S Goodhart-Rendel.)
There's a Best Foods Supermarket which is a useful corner shop at the end of the street. But if you prefer to eat out there's also 'La Poule au Pot', a very well known French Restaurant where Lady Diana used to eat.
The Francis Holland School is also in this street. The local church (C of E) is the red-brick St Mary's Bourne Street.
Samuel Archbutt, a Victorian developer in the area, built some of the houses, such as Nos. 37-45, in about 1824. Designed originally as workers' cottages, they are extremely narrow by modern standards.
At the southern end there is an attractive Neo-Georgian built in 1979-81 and designed by the architects Chapman Taylor and Partners.

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