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Latitude: 51.5122 / 51°30'43"N
Longitude: -0.12 / 0°7'12"W
OS Eastings: 530552
OS Northings: 180926
OS Grid: TQ305809
Mapcode National: GBR KD.63
Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.V8X3
Entry Name: 34-38, Tavistock Street Wc2
Listing Date: 5 February 1970
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1066231
English Heritage Legacy ID: 207241
Location: Westminster, London, WC2E
District: City of Westminster
Electoral Ward/Division: St James's
Built-Up Area: City of Westminster
Traditional County: Middlesex
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London
Church of England Parish: St Paul Covent Garden
Church of England Diocese: London
TQ 3080 NE CITY OF WESTMINSTER TAVISTOCK STREET, WC2
73/18 Nos 34 to 38 (even)
Terrace houses with shops. c1733 rebuild. Stock brick, slate roofs. 3 storeys
and attic storey (largely rebuilt to Nos 34 and 36). 3-window wide fronts to
Nos 34 and 36, 2 windows wide to No 38. Ground floor shop fronts: No 34 with
early C19 pilastered shop front with panelled door to right and 3 windows
between pilasters, under entablature-fascia; No 36 has least altered shop front
with panelled house door to left and 2 small-paned display windows flanking
panelled shop door, all framed by pilasters under entablature-fascia; No 38
has partly altered early C19 shop front including house door to right in wooden
frame with entablature-fascia. Upper floors have recessed glazing bar sashes.
Painted stone or stucco cornice below attic storey and parapet with coping, No
38 with 2nd floor sill band. On parapet between Nos 34 and 36 is a reset date
tablet inscribed "Yorke Street 1636"; Gothic cast iron guard rails to attic
windows of No 36. Interiors of Nos 34 and 38 retain dog leg staircases with
turned and twisted balusters partially intact as are elements of panelling;but
the best preserved interior is that of No 36 with passage hall opened up by
early C19 elliptical arch with Grecian detail and good cut and carved string
staircase with 2 twisted and turned balusters per tread to the main floors and
plainer turned balusters on closed string to upper flights, Doric column
newels; the stairwell is fully panelled; fully panelled 1st floor front room
with later enriched plaster cornice, the back room similar retaining box
cornice; 2nd floor rear room also intact with veined marble original chimney
piece in angled chimney breast, etc. No 36 was the residence of Thomas de
Quincey while writing his "Confessions of an English Opium Eater".
Survey of London; Vol XXXVI.
Listing NGR: TQ3055780929
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