Chester Terrace

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Chester Terrace
Chester Terrace London.jpg
Length 0.2 mi[1] (0.3 km)
Postal code NW1 4ND
Location Regent's Park, London
Coordinates 51°31′44″N 0°08′43″W / 51.5290°N 0.1454°W / 51.5290; -0.1454
south end Chester Gate
north end Cumberland Place
Construction
Inauguration 1825 (1825)
North end
South end
Chester Terrace

Chester Terrace is one of the neo-classical terraces in Regent's Park, London, designed by John Nash and built in 1825. The terrace has the longest unbroken facade in Regents Park (about 280 metres).[2] It takes its name from one of the titles of George IV before he became king, Earl of Chester.[3] It now lies within the London Borough of Camden.

Architecture[edit]

All 42 houses are Grade I listed buildings.[2] They were designed by John Nash, and built by James Burton in 1825. At each end there is a Corinthian arch bearing at the top the terrace name in large lettering on a blue background, probably the largest street signs in London. Five houses are semi-detached. One of these, Nash House (3 Chester Terrace, although the main entrance is on Chester Gate), has a bust of John Nash on its west side,[2] looking identical to the bust on All Souls Church, Langham Place.

Former residents[edit]

There are two blue plaques on the street, for the architect Charles Robert Cockerell[4] and Air Marshal John Salmond.

The politician John Profumo lived at the above-mentioned Nash House, 3 Chester Terrace, from 1948 until 1965.[5] His former mistress Christine Keeler later lived in Chester Close North nearby.

Composer Sir Arnold Bax lived at No.19 from 1911 to 1918. Actor Sir Ralph Richardson and his wife Meriel Forbes lived at 1 Chester Terrace until 1983.

Literary and other media appearances[edit]

The Avengers (TV series) used this location in the episode "You'll Catch your Death" (1968).[6]
It featured in the 1997 film version of George Orwell's "Keep The Aspidistra Flying".
The street is mentioned in the book "All Roads Lead to Calvary" by Jerome K. Jerome, who also used the location in the story "Malvina of Brittany".
It was a major location in the film The End of the Affair (1955)
It featured in the film The Nanny (1965). Nigel Bathgate, the journalist sidekick to DI Rodrick Alleyn in Ngaio Marsh's mystery novels, is described as living at Chester Terrace in "Death in Ecstasy".

It is briefly show in the 1968 Robert Wise musical film Star!, based on the life of Gertrude Lawrence with Julie Andrews in the title role. Chester Terrace is shown in a brief scene during which Gertrude Lawrence receives a writ for unpaid bills. The location is also featured as the home of Laura Henderson, the title character in the film Mrs Henderson Presents starring Judi Dench.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Walking directions to Chester Terrace". Google. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Images of England: National Monuments Record
  3. ^ Weinreb, B. and Hibbert, C. (ed)(1983) The London Encyclopaedia Macmillan ISBN 0-333-57688-8
  4. ^ Rennison, N. (1999) The London Blue Plaque Guide Sutton Publishing ISBN 0-7509-2091-2
  5. ^ The Guardian 16 September 2006: Review of Bringing the House Down by David Profumo
  6. ^ The Avengers locations

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