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Numbers 20-32 and Attached Railings

A Grade II* Listed Building in Bloomsbury, London

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Latitude: 51.5227 / 51°31'21"N

Longitude: -0.1407 / 0°8'26"W

OS Eastings: 529086

OS Northings: 182063

OS Grid: TQ290820

Mapcode National: GBR D8.K9

Mapcode Global: VHGQS.HZYK

Entry Name: Numbers 20-32 and Attached Railings

Listing Date: 10 June 1954

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1112996

English Heritage Legacy ID: 477299

Location: Camden, London, W1T

County: London

District: Camden

Electoral Ward/Division: Bloomsbury

Built-Up Area: Camden

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: All Souls Langham Place

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text


798-1/93/449 (West side)
10/06/54 Nos.20-32 (Consecutive)
and attached railings


Terrace of 13 houses forming the western side of Fitzroy
Square. c1832-35. Stucco with rusticated ground floor.
EXTERIOR: 4 storeys and basements. 3 windows each. 3 windows
at each end and centre 7 windows projecting. Round-arched
ground floor openings linked by impost bands. Doorways with
pilaster-jambs carrying cornice-heads; fanlights (some radial
patterned) and panelled doors. Sash windows in shallow, plain
stucco recesses. Upper storeys with square-headed, recessed
sashes. Continuous cast-iron balcony to 1st floor windows.
Moulded 2nd floor sill band. Main cornice with plain frieze
below attic storey. Cornice and blocking course. Central bays
with 4 Ionic engaged columns in antis rising through 1st and
2nd floors. 1 bay to either side with pilasters rising through
1st and 2nd floors and recessed, tripartite sash windows,
those on the ground floor being segmental-arched. No.32 with 3
window (all blind) return to Grafton Way.
INTERIORS: not inspected.
SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: attached cast-iron railings with
tasselled spearhead finials to areas. Cast-iron foot scrapers
and most with mosaic top steps.
HISTORICAL NOTE: No.21, was the home of Robert Gascoyne Cecil,
3rd Marquess of Salisbury & Prime Minister (GLC plaque). No.29
was the home of George Bernard Shaw and from 1907-11 Virginia
Woolf had rooms here (commemorative plaques). This terrace
complements the Adam blocks in the square, though it is very
different in design.
(Survey of London: Vol. XXI, Tottenham Court Road and
Neighbourhood, St Pancras III: London: -1949: 52-8).

Listing NGR: TQ2906982075

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