Mayfair and Belgrave; Being an Historical Account of the Parish of St. George, Hanover Square

Mayfair and Belgrave; Being an Historical Account of the Parish of St. George, Hanover Square

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ... exist so far as Knightsbridge, George II., as he was riding out one morning, met Allen, who doubtless showed by his garments that he had once belonged to the army. The king accosted him, and found that he made his living by selling apples in a small hut. "What can I do for you?" said the King. "Please your Majesty to give me a grant of the bit of ground my hut stands on, and I shall be happy." "Be happy," said the King, and ordered him his request. Years rolled on; the apple-man died, and left a son, who from dint of industry became a respectable attorney. The then Chancellor gave a lease of the ground to a nobleman, as the apple-stall had fallen to the ground. It being conceived the ground had fallen to the Crown, a stately mansion was soon raised, when the young attorney put in G claims; a small sum was offered as a compromise, and refused; finally the sum of 450 per annum, ground rent, was settled upon. In 1784, Allen's son or other kin sold the ground to Henry, Lord Apsley, Lord Chancellor, afterwards second Lord Bathurst, who gave to the house which he built upon it the name by which it is still known. The Ranger's Lodge stood on the very spot afterwards occupied by Apsley House. It was built by, and takes its name from, Henry Bathurst, Baron Apsley, and Earl Bathurst, while Lord High Chancellor, i.e., between the years 1771 and 1778. The original building was constructed of red brick. Near where the house now stands, there stood a tavern called the "Hercules Pillars," at which the redoubted Squire Western, with his clerical satellite, is represented as taking up his abode on his arrival in London, and conveying the fair Sophia. In the year 1820 Apsley House was purchased by the nation and...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236620402
  • 9781236620408