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