Saturday, September 27, 2008

Chester Street , Belgravia

Chester Street runs between Upper Belgrave Street and Grosvenor Place. Eaton Hall in Cheshire was the ancestral home of the Dukes of Westminster so they named several streets after Chester, the county town.
Chester Street was built over quite a protracted period - between 1800 and 1830. Nos. 24-29 on the south side were built by Seth Smith.
The houses in the street are quite imposing and very similar in style to the terraces of Wilton Street. The houses mainly consist of five storeys above a basement. The basement and ground floors have stuccoed facades with bare brick for the floors above. Many have Doric columns.
No. 3 on the north side is particularly imposing and has a pretty flower display. Many houses on the north side have higher than usual front doors, approached up a flight of six or seven steps.
No. 2 on the north side follows a rather different design with a bowed front at ground floor level. It is the home of The Historic Houses Association.

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