Are you an expanding business looking for a new office building in a neighbourhood surrounded by prestigious people and industry talent? How about moving to a street that has been home to some of the most influential characters in British and European society from the past 400 years?
The location of Noble Harris Partnership newest property, No10 Buckingham Street, boasts an A-list of history’s most acclaimed people in politics, science, art and theatre that’s hard to match.
Take a trip down memory lane
The area to which Buckingham Street belongs, around Charing Cross between the Strand and Embankment, holds a past that contains many centuries of rich London history. Now a prominent office building in years gone by it has been the site of battles, rebellions, republican acts of power and scenes of crime and punishment. However when we delve more specifically into the story of Buckingham Street itself, we uncover an impressive list of famous historical figures who have lived here over time. It appears there’s far more to this 17th-century street than first meets the eye.
The Great Diarist
The address of our newly acquired commercial property No10 is located two doors down from the former home of the well-known naval administrator, MP and diarist Samuel Pepys. As displayed by a plaque on the wall of Number 12, Pypes lived here from 1679-1688. Whilst living in this house Pypes was elected MP for Harwich in the third parliament of Charles II. During this time he was accused of committing treason, by leaking naval intelligence to France in his previous post as secretary to the admiralty, and sent to the Tower of London. The charges were eventually dropped in 1680 and it is believed they were fabricated by Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury.
An 18th Century Drama Queen
One of the previous neighbours at number 9 was Peg Woffington, the famous 18th-century actress and socialite of Georgian London who was renowned for her beauty. Her life story is a truly endearing rags to riches tale, which began in poverty with her selling watercress outside her family home in Dublin. According to the story, she was spotted by the famous tight-rope walker Signora Violante, who was so struck by her beauty she immediately offered her an apprenticeship at her own theatre company. Woffington was given a role by Violante as the character Polly Peachum, in a Dublin-based production of The Beggar’s Opera by John Gay.
After a few more years of performing in further Dublin shows as both a dancer and actress she was offered a part in a play at Covent Garden. From her debut she went on to become one of London’s most successful actresses, starring as Sylvia in The Recruiting Officer and eventually performing in comic productions, for which she received much acclaim.
Off the stage, she was also known for her many love affairs with male celebrities of the day, some of whom included Edward Bligh, 2nd Earl of Darnley, and her long-time partner the actor David Garrick. She also had heated and competitive relationships with other female stars which added to public’s captivation with her passionate and seductive image. After returning to Dublin once again, where she reached new levels of success, being considered the best actress at the Smock Alley Theatre, she was made the first female president of a London celebrity social venue The Beefsteak Club, in 1750 by John Rich the owner of Covent Garden.
Enlightenment and Post-Impressionist Painting
Lastly, our property number 10, has been home to Scottish and French philosophers David Hume and Jacques Rousseau. Both Hume, who was described of as the Father of the Enlightenment, and Rousseau brought forth the ideas of naturalism and human nature. They argued that moral principles and virtue were part of the instinctive psychological blueprint of human beings, and thus both have been viewed as fundamental figures in the emergence of atheism.
Almost a century later the post-impressionist painter and Jacques Rousseau’s namesake, Henri Rousseau, became a resident at number 10. Most well known for his paintings of exotic jungle scenes, his paintings were apparently inspired by the stories shared by French soldiers that he met during his military service in Mexico. Their tales of previous expeditions to tropical locations in France’s empire led Rousseau to visit the botanical gardens in Paris, the Jardins des Plantes, where he was fascinated by their new and mysterious plants. His paintings are dreamlike in style and convey the wildness and mystery of the new unknown landscape and animals they feature.
Some other very well known figures who lived on Buckingham Street include all-time-great author Charles Dickens, famous engineer Thomas Russell Crampton, daughter of Oliver Cromwell, Mary, Countess of Fauconberg and even Napoleon Bonaparte to name a few.
So, if you’re seeking a commercial space in central London, within the vicinity of great landmarks, a central station and right next to the Thames then this grand but charming 1680s multi-level townhouse, nestled between the Strand and the river, could be a just the property. Take a quick look inside:-
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