Avery Row and South Molton Lane
These lanes follow the course of the Tyburn Brook which
formed the eastern boundary of the Grosvenor estate.
When building development began here the stream was
arched over and made into a covered sewer, much of this
work being done in the 1720's by Henry Avery, bricklayer, (ref. 161) from whom Avery Row takes its name. South
Molton Lane (Plate 20c, 20e) was sometimes known as
Avery's Passage, (ref. 162) but on Rocque's map of 1746 it is called
Most of the buildings on the west side of Avery Row (i.e.
those on the Grosvenor estate) are small shops which were
added at various dates in the angles formed by the side
elevations of buildings in Brook Street or Grosvenor
Street, but Nos. 27–30 (consec.) form a pleasant group of
three-storey buildings at the south corner of Brook's
Mews. They were erected in 1900–1 as coach-houses and
stables with living quarters above by John Garlick to the
designs of R. G. Hammond, (ref. 163) and now have uniform shop
fronts on the ground floor and stuccoed façades above with
jalousies to the windows, this appearance being largely due
to alterations carried out in 1926–8 by Frederick Etchells
and Gordon Pringle. (ref. 164)
In South Molton Lane Nos. 28 and 30 are part of
Reginald Blomfield's former stabling at Nos. 1–7 Davies
Mews (Plate 20e). No. 40, which has a long return front to
Davies Mews and is of red brick with two storeys and attics
to Davies Mews and a gable to South Molton Lane, was
built as stabling in 1899 by Holloway Brothers to the
designs of Balfour and Turner in conjunction with the
rebuilding of Nos. 40–46 (even) Brook Street. (ref. 165)
||W.C.S. 51, pp. 366–7.
Ibid., 52, pp. 102–3.
||D.S.R. 1900/27, 46, 75, 130; 1901/195.
||B.A. 61629: B.R. 8068.
||D.S.R. 1898/12–15: GBM 27/354.