The History and Antiquities of London, Westminster, Southwark, and Parts Adjacent, vol. 4

Allen, Thomas

1827

St. James's Square

is of the most elegant squares in the metropolis. It is entered on the south side up a short street out of Pall-mall; on the north it is bounded by streets leading to , parallel with . It has on the west, and on the east.

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In the centre is a large circular sheet of water, or feet deep, from the middle of which rises a fine equestrian statue of William III. erected here within these few years.

Most of the streets between , and the street of the same name, are occupied by hotels, assembly-rooms, and subscription houses. The principal is Willis's suit of rooms, better known as

Almacks,

in , in which there are elegant accommodations for nearly persons. The exterior is plain, even to meanness, but the interior is fitted up in the most costly style.

Before we finally leave , we should not omit to notice of the houses on the east side. This is Norfolk-house, within the walls of which was born his late majesty, king George the .

It has been observed of this square, that, though it appears extremely grand, its grandeur does not arise from the magnificence of the houses; but only from their regularity, the neatness of the pavement, and the beauty of the basin; and that if the houses were built more in taste, and the sides exactly correspondent to each other, the effect would be much more surprising, and the pleasure arising from it more just.

is a short avenue leading to the back of St. James's church, already described. In this street is the house lately occupied by sir Joshua Wedgewood, the ingenious and worthy inventor of numerous kinds of pottery, particularly of a species of porcelain, in imitation of the Etruscan potteries of antiquity. The house, subsequently Wedgewood's warehouse, was at time the residence of the Spanish ambassador, and the adjoining chapel a Roman Catholic place of worship. When his excellency left the premises, the chapel was converted to the use of various dissenting congregations.

At the south west termination of Pall-mall is

 
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 Title Page
 Dedication
CHAPTER I: Site, local divisions, and government of the City of Westminster; history of the Abbey; Coronation Ceremonies; and lists of the Abbots and Deans
CHAPTER II: Westminster Abbey, and Description of the Tombs and Monuments
CHAPTER III: History and Topography of St. Margaret's Parish
CHAPTER IV: History and Topography of St. John's Parish, Westminster
CHAPTER V: History and Topography of the parish of St. Martin's in the Fields, Westminster
CHAPTER VI: History and Topogrpahy of the parish of St. James, Westminster
CHAPTER VII: History and Topography of the Parish of St. Anne, Westminster
CHAPTER VIII: History and Topography of the parish of St. Paul, Covent Garden
CHAPTER IX: History and Topography of the Parish of St. Mary-le-strand
CHAPTER X: History and Topogrpahy of the parish of St. Clement Danes
CHAPTER XI: History and Topography of the parish of st. George, Hanover Square
CHAPTER XII: History and Topography of the Precinct of the Savoy
CHAPTER XIII: History and Topography of the Inns of Court
CHAPTER XIV: History and Topography of the Precincts of the Charter-house and Ely Place, and the Liberty of the Rolls
 CHAPTER XV: Historical Notices of the Borough of Southwark
CHAPTER XVI: History and Topography of the Parish of St. Olave, Southwark
CHAPTER XVII: History and Topography of the parish of St. John, Southwark
CHAPTER XVIII: History and Topography of the parish of St. Thomas, Southwark
CHAPTER XIX: History and Topogrpahy of the parish of St. George's, Southwark
CHAPTER XX: History and Topography of St. Saviour's Parish
CHAPTER XXI: History and Topography of the parist of Christ-church in the County of Surrey
 CHAPTER XXII: A List of the Principal Books, &c that have been published in Illustration of the Antiquities, History, Topography, and other subjects treated of in this Work
 Addenda et Corrigienda
 Postscript