No. 48, Bedford Square

Pages 181-182

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

This free content was digitised by double rekeying and sponsored by English Heritage. All rights reserved.


In this section


Ground landlord.

His Grace the Duke of Bedford, K.G.

General description and date of structure.

On 16th January, 1777, a lease (fn. 1) was granted of the sixth house westward from Charlotte Street, on the south side of the square. This was No. 48.

Figure 27:

No. 48, Bedford Square, Ground and First Floor Plans

There were formerly four fine marble chimneypieces in this house. Unfortunately burglars have destroyed three of these by breaking away all the sculptured portions, and have mutilated the fourth by the removal of its central panel. This last is situated in the front room on the first floor, and is shown on Plate 102. It is of large size, and has three-quarter attached Ionic columns, mottled buff coloured marble surrounds, and inlaid flutings in the frieze, and when complete it would appear to have been an excellent example of the period.

The ceiling in the same room (Plate 103) is in ornamental plaster work, with small plaques.

Condition of repair.

The premises are in good repair.

Biographical notes.

The occupiers of this house, according to the ratebooks, were:—

1782–83. — Bevan.

1784–89. Samuel Gaussen.

1789– Robt. Parnther.

The Council's collection contains:

(fn. 2) Ground and first floor plans (measured drawing).
(fn. 2) Marble chimney-piece in front room on first floor (photograph).
(fn. 2) Ornamental plaster ceiling in front room on first floor (photograph).


  • 1. Middlesex Registry Memorials, 1777, I., 637.
  • 2. Reproduced here.