Paddington and Maida Vale

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Thursday  5 March 2015

 5.00pm                    
Steeped in History: Paddington from Rural Village to Unsavoury Suburb
Philippa Barton       

 6.30pm    
Stucco Splendour and Lord’s Cricket Ground: The History of Maida Vale
Sarah Bowles

 Meeting Place   
The Brompton Library, 210 Old Brompton Road, London SW5
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Saturday 7  March 2015

10.15am
Visit to St Mary, Paddington Green

The present St Mary, the third on this site, was built from 1788-1791 by John Plaw on the plan of a Greek Cross with a clock tower and cupula surmounting the dome in an area that was still very rural. It contains fine monuments including one to Sarah Siddons.

 11.30am   
An architectural walk in Maida Vale

The name of Maida Vale came into use in the early nineteenth century and the area was spaciously laid out with fine stucco mansions and terraces in the 1840s and 50s. Later development from the 1860s was in brick with many early apartment blocks.

12.00 noon
Visit to St Mary Magdalen

St. Mary Magdalen, with its landmark red and white spire, was designed by G.E.Street in 1867 as a centre of High Anglicanism within a slum district of Paddington. The interior has a lavishly decorated chancel dressed with alabaster and mosaic scenes by Salviati, and a stunning Chapel of St. Sepulchre created by Ninian Comper in the 1890s.

1.15pm
Lunch at the Lord’s Tavern

2.30pm
Private tour of Lord’s Cricket Ground

The Marylebone Cricket Club, the MCC, was founded in 1787 when the first ground in Dorset Fields in Marylebone was procured by Thomas Lord, an entrepreneur and a bowler with White Conduit CC. Lord found their present ground in rural St. John’s Wood in 1814, now known as Lord’s Cricket Ground. The fine Museum collection was begun in 1864 and tells the fascinating history of cricket from the early eighteenth century to the present day.

 

Meeting Place
St Mary, Paddington Green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.30pm    
Lunch

2.00pm  
An Architectural walk through Soho with a visit to 68 Dean Street

Soho was developed from the 1670s with aristocratic houses and fine terraces. Many of these eighteenth-century houses survive today. The area has always been a magnet for foreign communities, from the Huguenots to the Chinese, which have given Soho its exotic character.

 Meeting Places,  
House of St.Barnabas, 1 Greek Street, Soho Square, London W.1.

 

                                                                                           

Wednesday 26 February 2014

 10.30am                    
From Hunting Ground to Fashionable Quarter
Philippa Barton       

 12.00noon     
Untidy, full of Greeks, Ishmaelites, cats, Italians, tomatoes ….queer names: Soho Characters
Sarah Bowles

 Meeting Place   
The Brompton Library, 210 Old Brompton Road, London SW5
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Saturday 1 March 2014
09.30am
Visit to the House of St Barnabas with Mary Whittaker

No. 1 Greek Street, the House of St. Barnabas, is  one  of the finest surviving mid-eighteenth century houses in London with interiors filled with decorative plasterwork created for Alderman Richard Beckford.  The house has been restored and is used as a dining club to support its charitable foundation.

10.45am     
Coffee

 11.15am   
A walk in Soho Square

12.30pm    
Lunch

2.00pm  
An Architectural walk through Soho with a visit to 68 Dean Street

Soho was developed from the 1670s with aristocratic houses and fine terraces. Many of these eighteenth-century houses survive today. The area has always been a magnet for foreign communities, from the Huguenots to the Chinese, which have given Soho its exotic character.

 Meeting Places,  
House of St.Barnabas, 1 Greek Street, Soho Square, London W.1.