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23 & 32 Queen Anne’s Gate date from the reign of Queen Anne (1704 – 1714) and are both listed Grade I.  The houses originally had overhanging eaves above second floor level, but have since been increased in height.  Queen Anne’s Gate was laid out as a square, known as Queen Square, and was separated from the adjoining Park Street by a wall and a statue of Queen Anne.  These were subsequently removed, the statue being re-located on the south side.




63 Lincolns Inn Field was erected in 1856 and is one of the earliest surviving buildings in London with reinforced concrete floors.  The method of construction is somewhat different from that used today, however, being an early type of filler joist floor similar to that used extensively until the Second World War. 




1 – 10 Bedford Square date from 1775 and are listed Grade I.  The entire terrace of eleven buildings (1 – 6, 6a – 10) was previously owned by the Crown, and formed part of the British Museum.  They were all in a dilapidated condition, with extensive dry rot damage, but were restored, in private ownership, as prestige office accommodation.




42 Kingsway dates from the early part of the last century and was designed as a banking hall and office by Sir Edwin Lutyens.  The building is also constructed in filler joist concrete, including the mansard slopes.




The Director General’s House dates from the latter part of the nineteenth century, and is listed Grade II.  It was originally built for the Director General of The Ordinance Survey, but had fallen into a state of disrepair, prior to restoration.



The Wardrobe can only be described as an Elizabethan warehouse, and was reputedly used to house the carious trappings of Royalty that accompanied their perambulations around the country.  It was subsequently divided into three dwellings.




20 High Street – Uxbridge is a timber framed building that had been extensively altered and was in use a florist’s shop.  The whole timber frame was exposed for analysis, and subsequently restored.




4 Cavendish Square dates from the mid-eighteenth century, and is listed Grade II.  The building was extensively re-modelled during the nineteen twenties, both inside and at the front, and was at the time occupied by the BBC.




Thremhall Priory dates from the eighteenth century and is listed Grade II.  It is, at present, awaiting restoration having been the subject of several planning appeals.




Brooks’s Club dates from the middle of the eighteenth century and is listed Grade I.  The building was established originally as a gaming club, reputedly with it’s own cockpit in the basement.  The restoration work is limited to the eradication of a sever outbreak of dry rot, and the strengthening, with steelwork, of the effected timber beams.

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