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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 O/220
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1810-1819
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.01 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Boodle, Hatfield and Company | solicitors


Administrative/Biographical history:

Periodic bursts of activity in house building had been common in the western suburbs of London since the Restoration. Within a dozen years builders had moved from Hanover Square through the City of London's Conduit Mead estate well into the Grosvenor estate and even north of Oxford Street, in the vicinity of Cavendish Square. On the Grosvenor estate, where development began in 1720, only a handful of houses were occupied before 1725, but in that year the parish ratebooks show many more houses filling up and the new streets on the estate were formally named, an occasion marked by a 'very splendid Entertainment' given by Sir Richard Grosvenor.

The relative stability which followed the Peace of Utrecht and the crushing of the Jacobite rebellion provided a favourable climate in which building developments could be undertaken, and there seems to have been plenty of capital available for mortgages even during the years of the South Sea Bubble. Against this background the decision of the Grosvenor family in 1720 to lay out The Hundred Acres in Mayfair for building is not a particularly remarkable one.

From: 'The Development of the Estate 1720-1785: Introduction', Survey of London: volume 39: The Grosvenor Estate in Mayfair, Part 1 (General History) (1977), pp. 6.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers collected by the solicitors in the course of their work, comprising plan of Grosvenor Estate in Westminster, bounded by Knightsbridge, the Westbourne, River Thames, and Grosvenor Place, showing proposed layout for development, circa 1810-1819.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

One item

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the City of London.

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated to the Archive in 1966 (AC/66/012).

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Description Notes

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Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
July to October 2009

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