Gloucester Road, London
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Gloucester Road (B325) // is a street in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea of London. It runs north-south between Kensington Gardens (at which point it is known as Palace Gate) and the Old Brompton Road at the south end. At its intersection with Cromwell Road is Gloucester Road tube station, close to which there are several pubs, restaurants, many hotels and St. Stephen's Church (built in 1867 and, notably, the church warden of which was the poet T. S. Eliot).
The road is named after Maria, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh who built a house there in 1805. It was earlier called Hog Moore Lane (1612), that is 'lane through marshy ground where hogs are kept', a name that was still used until about 1850.
The area is now one of the more affluent parts of London and has been home to some famous residents among whom was the artist Sir John Everett Millais (2 Palace Gate). It is also home to several embassies and consulates including the Korean Consulate (4 Palace Gate), the Zambian High Commission and the Bahraini Embassy Cultural Office. Additionally, Gloucester Road is the residence (in the form of 25B Froxbury Court) of the fictional barrister Horace Rumpole of John Mortimer's Rumpole of the Bailey series of short stories.