Victoria Road, Kensington

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Victoria Road

Victoria Road is a street in Kensington, London, that in 2015 was considered the most expensive street in the United Kingdom. The street runs north to south from Kensington High Street[1] in close proximity to Kensington Palace and the Royal Albert Hall. There are 64 properties on the street including the Embassy of Vietnam.[2]

History[edit]

Christ Church on the junction of Victoria Road and Eldon Road

The street was originally called Love Lane and the white stucco-fronted houses[1] date from the 1840s. In April 2012, it was named the "most expensive in UK", with residents including the actor Dustin Hoffman and the former king of Malaysia.[1] In December 2015, it was named "the most expensive street in England and Wales", with an average property price of £8,006,000 in a study by Lloyds Bank based on Land Registry figures.[3]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Thomas Oldham Barlow (1824-1889), the artist and mezzotint engraver, lived at Auburn Lodge, Victoria Road, where he had a studio and died there in 1889.[4]
  • Edward Henry Corbould (1815-1905), artist and art tutor to Queen Victoria's children, lived at no. 52.[5]
  • Henry Newbolt (1862-1938), poet, lived at 14 Victoria Road from 1889 to 1898.[6]
  • In autumn 1910, the Mitford family moved to a house in Victoria Road.[7]
  • Rudolf Nureyev, lived at no. 27 before moving to Paris.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Dustin Hoffman's Kensington street is most expensive in UK". Evening Standard. 12 April 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  2. ^ The Most Expensive Street at The Guardian Money. Retrieved 11 December 2015
  3. ^ "Most expensive street is still in Kensington, west London". BBC. 11 December 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Barlow, Thomas Oldham (DNB01)". Wikisource. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Edward Henry Corbould (1815-1905)". openplaques. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  6. ^ Denny, Barbara; Starren, Carolyn (1998). Kensington Past. London, U.K.: Historical Publications. p. 114. ISBN 9780948667503. OCLC 42308455. Henry Newbolt, the patriotic poet of Drake's Drum and similar verse, found his house, at 14 Victoria Road from 1889 to 1898 small 'but not dark or cramped.'
  7. ^ Hastings, Selina. "Mitford, Nancy Freeman-". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Online edition. Retrieved 11 December 2015. (subscription or UK public library membership required)

Coordinates: 51°30′03″N 0°11′09″W / 51.5008°N 0.1857°W / 51.5008; -0.1857