I’ve been asked to explain my use of the term Tyburnia to describe the area of shabby chic streets and squares that lie between Paddington and Bayswater, from Craven Hill to Cleveland Square.   The term derives, of course, from the fact that public executions used to take place at the Tyburn Tree near the junction between the Bayswater and Edgware Roads where a grandstand was set up for people to watch the hangings.   Paul Sandby lived in the semi-rural St. George’s Row and so did Dominic Serres.   The area, once owned by the Bishop of London, was developed in the early nineteenth century by Samuel Pepys Cockerell and George Gutch as surveyors to the Paddington Estate.   They were responsible for the layout of its streets and squares, including the grand houses of Hyde Park Gardens.   It retains an attractively nondescript character of boarding houses and cheap hotels.


4 thoughts on “Tyburnia

  1. Paul Boucher says:

    Another interesting local survivor is the impressively large Benedictine convent of the Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Montmartre – at Tyburn since 1901 when the community fled repressive religious laws in France.

  2. Carola Zogolovitch says:

    Our house in Bayswater sits on freehold land still owned by the Bishop of London. in our deeds it states that should we install a steam traction engine in our back garden it must consume it’s own smoke! After 50 years in this house we are still not sure whether we need a steam traction engine..

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