The principal acknowledgment of assistance received by the Council in preparing this volume must be to
the Trustees of the Grosvenor Estate for their great courtesy in making available the records of the Mayfair
estate, without which this study would have been impossible. It is a pleasure to acknowledge at the same time
the ready assistance given to the Council's officers in their work by the members of the staff of the Grosvenor
Office, and of the Trustees' solicitors, Boodle, Hatfield and Company.
For the work of Fernand Billerey on the estate his widow, Madame V. H. Billerey, and his son Mr. L. V. A.
Billerey gave both encouragement and much valuable information. Mr. Jonathan Blow hospitably provided
an opportunity to discuss the work of his father, Detmar Blow, and to examine the numerous architectural
drawings in his possession. Mr. Geoffrey Singer, formerly Chief Surveyor to the Grosvenor Estates, very
kindly read parts of the text at successive stages of their production.
Particular acknowledgment should also be made to Mr. Edward Hubbard and to Dr. J. M. Robinson for
their generosity in allowing use to be made of their post-graduate these on John Douglas and Samuel Wyatt
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