Cadogan Place

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Looking westwards along Cadogan Place

Cadogan Place is a street in Belgravia, London. It is named after Earl Cadogan and runs parallel to the lower half of Sloane Street. It gives its names to the extensive Cadogan Place Gardens (not open to the public).

Literary references[edit]

Charles Dickens writes of it in Nicholas Nickleby:

Cadogan Place is the one slight bond that joins two great extremes; it is the connecting link between the aristocratic pavements of Belgrave Square, and the barbarism of Chelsea. It is in Sloane Street, but not of it. The people in Cadogan Place look down upon Sloane Street, and think Brompton low. They affect fashion too, and wonder where the New Road is. Not that they claim to be on precisely the same footing as the high folks of Belgrave Square and Grosvenor Place, but that they stand, with reference to them, rather in the light of those illegitimate children of the great who are content to boast of their connections, although their connections disavow them. Wearing as much as they can of the airs and semblances of loftiest rank, the people of Cadogan Place have the realities of middle station. It is the conductor which communicates to the inhabitants of regions beyond its limit, the shock of pride of birth and rank, which it has not within itself, but derives from a fountain-head beyond; or, like the ligament which unites the Siamese twins, it contains something of the life and essence of two distinct bodies, and yet belongs to neither.

Cadogan Place is the home of Fanny and Robert Assingham in Henry James's late novel The Golden Bowl.

Notable residents[edit]

  • 44 Cadogan Place was home to William Wilberforce for the last two years of his life[1] and a blue plaque records his death there in 1833.
  • 52 Cadogan Place was the London birthplace, childhood and family home of Harold Macmillan (1894–1986), former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1957–1963).[2]
  • 79 Cadogan Place is the former home of Lord and Lady Colin Campbell who provided Victorian London with a sensational divorce trial in 1886.

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "William Wilberforce". Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Supermac. Author: D.R. Thorpe. Publisher: Chatto & Windus. Published: 9 September 2010. Retrieved: 29 January 2014.

Coordinates: 51°29′48″N 0°09′27″W / 51.49667°N 0.15750°W / 51.49667; -0.15750