No. 44 Queen Anne's Gate

Pages 132-133

Survey of London: Volume 10, St. Margaret, Westminster, Part I: Queen Anne's Gate Area. Originally published by [s.n.], [s.l.], 1926.

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LIX. No. 44 QUEEN ANNE'S GATE: (Formerly No. 18 Queen Square).

Ground Landlord.

The freehold belongs to the Anglo-American Oil Co., Ltd.

General Description.

On 5th April, 1726, the South Sea Company Trustees sold (fn. n1) to David Petty for £830 "all that peice or parcell of ground and the brick messuage thereon now or late in the occupation of Mrs. Weatherly, being the eleventh house on the north side of Queen Square," with a frontage of 22 feet 6 inches and depth of 35 feet 9 inches. The house is said to contain three storeys with two rooms on each floor, garrets in the roof, a kitchen, washhouse and other conveniences below stairs, a small vault under the street, a yard 32 feet 3 inches deep in the rear, and an iron railing on each side of the door.

The premises consist of a three-storey brick front over a basement with a tiled dormer roof.

The entrance door has a projecting coved hood supported on shaped brackets, and was no doubt designed and constructed in conjunction with the doorway to No. 46. The exteriors of the two premises bear a strong resemblance in the balance of their fenestration, and were probably erected as a pair and had the wood modillion cornice to the eaves continued across the united front. Their plans and the general lines of their back elevations also correspond.

The interiors of the rooms are plain. The walls have plain panelling with a wood cornice, but the mantelpieces are of later date. The staircase has turned balusters, moulded close strings and square newels, while the walls are panelled.

Condition of Repair.

The premises have recently had alterations carried out to the back wing. The general condition is good.

Historical Notes.

According to the ratebooks the occupiers of the house up to 1840 were:—

1706–21 — Weatherley.
1722–23 Mme. Weatherley.
1724–34 Lord Windsor.
1736–41 Major Jonathan Driver.
1742–44 Captain Hawker.
1745–61 John Castell.
1762 Mrs. Castell.
1763–82 Jas. Harper.
1783 Wm. Brodie.
1784–87 Fr. Waring.
1788 Major Gregory.
1789 J. P. Duvall.
1790–95 Sir Henry Trelawney.
1799–1806 Rev. Wm. Percy. (fn. n2)
1808–09 Jas. (Gervaise) Wylde.
1810–18 Nat. Thoms.
1819–28 Jas. Ollier.
1829–39 Wm. Green.
1840 John Archer.

In the Council's Collection are:—

(fn. n3) General view of exterior (photograph).

General view of staircase (photograph).


  • n1. Close Roll, 5317.
  • n2. On 4th–5th October, 1799, the Earl of Tyrconnel and others sold to the Rev. Wm. Percy "of Queen Square, Westminster, Clerk," the house in Queen Square "being the second house northward from the chapel or place of public Divine worship there called Queen Square Chapel … late in the tenure of Lady Trelawney and now of the said William Percy." (Middlesex Memorials, 1799, I., 528–29.)
  • n3. Reproduced here.