Hill Street, London
Hill Street is a street in the central Mayfair district of London which runs southwest from Berkeley Square towards Park Lane. It was developed from farmland in the 18th century and was named after a small hill there. It became a fashionable street in the 18th century and was home to a number of lords. The street contains several Grade I and Grade II listed buildings.
Development and architecture
The street was developed in the 1740s by John Berkeley, 5th Baron Berkeley of Stratton. When John Rocque mapped London in 1746, the development was in progress and so the streets on that side of Berkeley Square were shown only in outline. The area had previously been farmland, and Hill Street crosses Farm Street. Hill Street was named after a rise in the ground, with Hay Hill being another street nearby.
Architects included Benjamin Timbrell, who designed numbers 17 and 19, now both Grade I listed buildings, c. 1748, and Oliver Hill, who worked on number 15 in the 1920s. Numbers 1 and 3 form a Grade II listed building; other listed houses in the street include numbers 11, 31 and 36.
Claud Phillimore refurbished number 35 for Lady Astor in the late 1940s. This had six storeys and a basement to provide both a grand and comfortable residence. Lady Astor's personal living room – "the Boudoir" – had walls decorated with blue satin.
Mrs. Montagu hosted a literary salon at her new house in Hill Street. Her circle was known as the Blue Stockings Society and Doctor Johnson called her the "Queen of the Blues". Other luminaries who attended her gatherings included Edmund Burke, David Garrick, Joshua Reynolds and Horace Walpole.
In Jane Austen's novel Mansfield Park, Henry and Mary Crawford's uncle is an admiral living in Hill Street. Sir Walter Scott's novel Waverley was published at the same time. In this, the hero's father is a Whig politician who lives in Hill Street.
Evelyn Waugh satirised Mayfair decadence in his novel Vile Bodies. In this, Hill Street was the location of the fictional Pastmaster House – "the William and Mary mansion of Lord and Lady Metroland with a magnificent ballroom, 'by universal consent the most beautiful building between Bond Street and Park Lane'".
The new housing was fashionable in the 18th and 19th centuries, and notable residents of Hill Street have included:
- Lord Barrymore at number 20
- Lord Brougham at number 5
- Admiral Byng in 1756; in 1757 he was sentenced to death and shot for losing Minorca in the Seven Years' War.
- Lord Chief Justice Camden died here in 1794.
- Lord Morpeth, 7th Earl of Carlisle was born here in 1802.
- Lord Colborne lived at number 19 where he collected paintings.
- Countess of Darnley at number 21
- Admiral Philip Durham at number 9
- Master of the Rolls, Sir William Grant lived at number 21.
- Lord Hindlip at number 33
- Sir Abraham Hume, 1st Baronet and his son the 2nd Baronet lived at numbers 17, 19 and 29.
- Lord Londesborough
- Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Lyttelton and his wicked son Thomas.
- The Mackintosh of Mackintosh at number 8
- Earl of Malmesbury died at number 21 in 1820.
- Philip Metcalfe, distiller and patron of the arts, lived at number 20.
- Mrs. Montagu held literary parties here.
- Lord Revelstoke at number 26
- Countess of Roden at number 27
- Sir Evelyn Ruggles-Brise at number 41
- Lord de Tabley collected and exhibited paintings and sculptures of the English school at number 24.
- Marquess of Tweeddale at number 6
- Lady Vane, the adulteress whose memoirs appeared in The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, died here in 1788.
- Sir Charles Welby at number 34
- Whig politician William Windham lived at number 20.
- Lord Westbury at number 30
- Garnet Wolseley, 1st Viscount Wolseley, field marshal, at number 6
- Coach & Horses, London, Shepherd Neame
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