Marvellous Margaret Street! – Snippets of history from the world’s greatest city!

Margaret Street has been home to Davis Brown – Chartered Surveyors & Estate Agents in W1, since 1979. We came to Margaret Street from 62 Berners Street as Davis & Co. where we first occupied No.9 and moved to No.1 in 2003. The firm changed its name to Davis Brown in 1995 while still part of William H Brown with which we merged in 1987. We became independent in 1998.

Margaret Street is away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Circus and runs parallel to Oxford Street, and leads from Fitzrovia to Marylebone.  It was created in 1734 and was named after Lady Margaret Cavendish who was the wife of the 2nd Duke of Portland.  It’s packed full of commercial and residential properties, but the most eye catching of buildings on the street is arguably All Saints church.  This Anglican Church is grade I listed, it was designed by architect William Butterfield and built between 1850 and 1859.  A pioneering building of the High Victorian Gothic style that would influence and characterise British architecture from around 1850 to 1870.  It’s predominantly made from red brick (which was a departure from the usual stone) and it’s spire is banded with stone.  It soars 227 feet above London making it the second largest spire in London.  And let’s not forget the interior – “dazzling” would be a most fitting adjective to describe it!  Richly pattered with inlays of marble and tile and of course beautiful stained glass windows, all of it a feast for the eyes!

Last year the English Heritage made All Saints Church one of the ten most important buildings in the country, so of course we are honoured to be a close neighbour of this stunning building. And by the way, the site upon which it was bought was £14,500.

Margaret Street

 

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