History of 11 Weymouth Street

Weymouth Street is situated in the district of Marylebone which gets its name from a church dedicated to St Mary, later known as St Mary at the Bourne. Gradually this name was shortened to Marylebone as we know if today.

St Mary's Church

St Mary’s Church. Courtesy of Partleton

The district has its fair share of “Beatles” related history. Wimple Street, which crosses Weymouth Street at its eastern end, was the home of Paul McCartney from 1964–66. He lived here with his girlfriend Jane Asher in her family home. It was here that he was to write I Want to Hold Your Hand with John Lennon on a piano in the basement. Lennon himself lived nearby, still in Marylebone at 34 Montagu Square.

The Beatles

The Beatles. Courtesy of Soundstation

At its most eastern end, Weymouth Street meets Marylebone Highstreet. Now a popular area with celebrities and the wealthy, the street was once famous for its pleasure gardens which by the end of its development, stretched from the Highstreet to Weymouth Street. The gardens included the Rose of Normandy Tavern which became a rather dubious business; famed highwayman Dick Turpin was a visitor in the 1720s. In addition to leisure activities, the gardens themselves were used for gambling, cock-fighting, bull-baiting and boxing matches for both sexes. In 1739, in order to make the gardens more upmarket, a fee was introduced and shelters were built. The venue quickly became a popular music destination and many of London’s most popular musicians and composers performed there, including George Frideric Handel.

George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel. Courtesy of Wikimedia

Towards its centre, Weymouth Street intersects with Harley Street. This residence has long been associated with the medical profession, reaching a peak of 200 doctors in 1914. The street also has an artistic legacy in the form of famous seascape painter J.M.W. Turner who lived at 64 Harley Street. He owned this house from 1812 until his death in 1851. By that time the residence was known as “Turner’s Den”, famous for being run-down, damp and inhabited by several cats. Works that are now housed in the National Gallery were scattered through the house leaving pin holes in all of the walls.

Also crossing Weymouth Street is Hallam Street. In the past it was known as both both Charlotte Street and Duke Street. In the early 1900s it was renamed after Henry Hallam, a highly regarded local historian and his son Arthur Henry Hallam who was the subject of Tennyson’s elegy In Memoriam and a poet himself. The street also attracted several artists, including include the Pre-Raphaelite artist and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti who lived at 110 Hallam Street.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Courtesy of Tumblr

Each area of London has its unique history that’s waiting to be discovered and it’s always something we look out for when choosing an office location. We currently have a number of offices on Weymouth Street that are ready for you and your business.

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