Lord North Street

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Looking from Smith Square
Looking from Great Peter Street

Lord North Street is a short street of Georgian[1] terraced housing running between Smith Square and Great Peter Street in Westminster, the political heartland of British government. As such they have always commanded high fees and featured in many dramatic storylines.[2] Past residents include the socialite Sibyl Colefax,[3] founder of the Colefax and Fowler fabrics and wallpaper company,[4] and Harold Wilson, twice Prime minister who in November 1974 alleged that renegade MI5 operatives had broken into his home.[5] More recent residents include Jonathan Aitken[6] and Theresa Gorman.[7] The street is named after the 2nd Earl of Guilford, who was known for most of his life under his courtesy title Lord North, and was Prime Minister from 1770 to 1782.


  1. ^ Built 1722 The Buildings of England, London, 6, Westminster Pevsner,N./Bradley,S. (2003, Uxbridge, Penguin) ISBN 0-300-09595-3
  2. ^ Lord North Street 1725-1996: a Westminster portrait Smedley,B (1996 London Hyde Park Antiquarian) ISBN 0-9529706-0-0
  3. ^ Family Manuscripts
  4. ^ Colefax , Sibyl Sophie Julia, Lady Colefax (1874–1950)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Davenport-Hines,R. (Oxford, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004) ISBN 0-19-861411-X
  5. ^ Details of "burglary"
  6. ^ Prison contemporaries visit LNS
  7. ^ Multiple ownership in LNS

Coordinates: 51°29′47″N 0°07′38″W / 51.4965°N 0.1271°W / 51.4965; -0.1271