Leinster Gardens is a street in Bayswater, London. It has two false façades at numbers 23 & 24, constructed in the late 1860s, at the time of the original steam engine-hauled underground railway that had a short section exposed to the surface.
Locomotives were fitted with condensers to reduce fumes, but "venting off" was still needed in open-air sections to relieve the condensers and keep the tunnels free from smoke. In this upmarket area, the railway company hid this unsightly practice from residents. The false façade also maintained a continuous frontage along a prestigious terrace.
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