No. 51, Bedford Square

Survey of London: Volume 5, St Giles-in-The-Fields, Pt II. Originally published by London County Council, London, 1914.

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'No. 51, Bedford Square', in Survey of London: Volume 5, St Giles-in-The-Fields, Pt II, (London, 1914) pp. 184. British History Online [accessed 12 April 2024]

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XCI.—No. 51, BEDFORD SQUARE. (fn. 1)

Ground landlord and lessee.

Ground landlord, His Grace the Duke of Bedford, K.G.; lessee, the French Consulate-General.

General description and date of structure.

On 16th January, 1777, a lease (fn. 2) was granted of the third house westward from Charlotte Street, thus corresponding to No. 51.

In the vestibule of this house is fitted a small chimneypiece with a sculptured marble panel.

The staircase is similar to that of No. 50, and the friezes beneath the ceilings have moulded plaster designs.

Figure 28:

No. 51, Bedford Square, Sculptured Panel on Chimneypiece in Entrance Hall

The front room on the ground floor has a white marble chimneypiece with Ionic pilasters, the rear room on the same floor having one of simpler design in the same material. The chimneypiece of the front room on the first floor is also simply treated in white marble, with three-quarter Ionic columns. The ceiling (Plate 105) is decorated in moulded plaster work of good design.

The rear room on the same floor has a white marble and green inlay chimneypiece and a decorative plaster ceiling.

Condition of repair.

The premises are in good repair.

Biographical notes.

In 1778 John Boldero was in occupation of the premises. His name appears in the ratebooks until 1791, when it is replaced by that of Mrs. Boldero.

The Council's collection contains:—

(fn. 3) Sculptured panel of chimneypiece in entrance hall (photograph).
(fn. 3) Ornamental plaster ceiling in front room on first floor (photograph).


  • 1. In the Parish of St. George, Bloomsbury.
  • 2. Middlesex Registry Memorials, 1777, I., 631.
  • 3. Reproduced here.