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Connaught Square in Westminster, London, England, was the first square of city houses to be built in the Bayswater area. It is named after the Earl of Connaught who had a house nearby. The current appearance of the square dates from the 1820s. The square is just north of Hyde Park, and to the west of Edgware Road. It is also within 300 m (984 ft) of Marble Arch, and the western end of Oxford Street.

Connaught Square
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Connaught Square, Westminster — predominantly four-storey terraced houses surrounding a private communal garden planted with mature trees.
NamesakeEarl of Connaught
Maintained byWestminster City Council
LocationCity of Westminster, London
Postal codeW2
Nearest Tube stationLondon Underground Marble Arch
Coordinates51°30′52″N 0°9′50″W / 51.51444°N 0.16389°W / 51.51444; -0.16389Coordinates: 51°30′52″N 0°9′50″W / 51.51444°N 0.16389°W / 51.51444; -0.16389
Construction
Inauguration1828 (1828)
Other
Known forThe residence of former Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie.
Looking eastwards across the private garden
An example of Connaught Square's Georgian architecture

Peter Ackroyd has suggested that the notorious gallows, Tyburn Tree, the site of public execution in London, stood at the southeast corner of the square.[1]

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ArchitectureEdit

Connaught Square's architecture is primarily Georgian. Redevelopment was initially planned in the early 18th century and the first of its 45 brick houses was built in 1828 as part of the Hyde Park estate by Thomas Allason.

CommunityEdit

Residents of Connaught Square hold an exclusive summer party in the central communal garden every year. The garden square is maintained by the owners of the adjoining properties who contribute to its upkeep, and in return are issued keys to the garden. Such gated gardens are a particular feature of this area of London. The horses of the Royal Artillery regularly do their early morning rides down Connaught Street.

Notable residentsEdit

In October 2004, the then Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie purchased a house on the West side of Connaught Square for a reported £3.5 million.[2]

There is, as of 2007, a considerable police presence around the Blairs' residence, with at least four officers from the Metropolitan Police Service's Diplomatic Protection Group present at the house at any one time.[3][needs update]

Other famous residents have included:

Other buildingsEdit

As well as houses, the square also contains other enterprises including a very small primary school and doctor’s surgery. There is also a garage specialising in classic cars on Connaught Street to the north of the square. To the west on Connaught Street are the shops of Connaught Village and the Chinese restaurant which was the location of dealings during the Bruce Grobbelaar football corruption scandal.[citation needed]

In fiction, Lionel Holland lives at 242 Connaught Square in the film Kind Hearts and Coronets.

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Nearby placesEdit

Nearest tube stationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "London: The Biography" by Peter Ackroyd (Vintage 2001) ISBN 0-09-942258-1
  2. ^ The house that Tony bought, BBC News, 1 October 2004.
  3. ^ Claudia Winkleman: Take It From Me - Blair's moving inThe Independent (London). Published 16 May 2007. Retrieved 30 May 2009. Archived 24 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Chancellor, Edwin Beresford (1907). The History of the Squares of London. Kegan, Paul, Trench, and Trubner & Co. p. 317.

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