Meard Street

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Coordinates: 51°30′48″N 0°07′59″W / 51.5133°N 0.133°W / 51.5133; -0.133

Houses in Meard Street

Meard Street is a street in Soho, London. It runs roughly east–west (properly, east-northeast to west-southwest, as elsewhere in Soho), between Wardour Street to the west and Dean Street to the east. It is in two sections, with a slight bend in the middle: the west half is pedestrianised, while the east half is a narrow, single-lane road.

The street is named after John Meard, the younger, a carpenter, later esquire, who developed it in the 1720s and 1730s.[1]

It is prominently featured in photographs and postcards for the tourist trade, due to the pun with French: merde and Italian: merda ("shit").

15 Meard Street served as the exterior of the home occupied by characters played by Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi in the 2013–16 ITV sitcom Vicious.


The two halves occupy what were originally two separate, non-communicating 17th-century courts. They were developed in two halves: the western half, Meard's Court, in 1722, and the eastern half, Dean's Court (opening off Dean Street, and renamed Meard Street) in 1731/32. As part of the redevelopment of Dean's Court, the two halves were joined in 1732/33.[1]

Notable occupants[edit]

  • Anne Pigalle, chanteuse, artiste and Soho club night creator, lived at number 4 from 1985 to 1990
Sign at the entrance to the home of Sebastian Horsley

See also[edit]

References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b (Sheppard 1966)
  2. ^ Debriefer: The Crucifixated Sebastian Horsley, 23 November 2007, archived from the original on 21 September 2011
  3. ^ Sebastian Horsley (23 March 2007), (blog post of March 23, 2007)