Grosvenor Estate

I have just been to a breakfast meeting in which the Grosvenor Estate discussed its plans for the future.   The maps which were provided of their estate confirmed what I have increasingly realised as I have paid more attention to the surroundings of the Royal Academy that London, and particularly Westminster, is still very much dominated by the landholdings of the eighteenth-century aristocracy, particularly the Grosvenors who acquired 50o acres of land west of the city by a judicious marriage in 1677.   Thomas Grosvenor, the third Baronet, had been on the Grand Tour and returned to marry Mary Davies, the 12 year old daughter of a city scrivener.   It was a smart move.   The swampy meads which she owned became Mayfair.   Now they face the issue of how to maintain the distinctive – and very profitable – character of the estate in an era of a rapidly rising city population, changing patterns of retail, bicycling, Crossrail and autonomous vehicles.

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4 thoughts on “Grosvenor Estate

  1. Could they not be encouraged to develop policies for Architecture, employing the best architects, and for Public Art, (in partnership with the Academy ), in streets, squares and parks throughout the Estate and, by doing so, enhance the centre of London ?

  2. Leslie Tobin Bacon says:

    they are also behind the Baker St. return to two way — it is understood that they wish to turn Baker St. into another Marylebone High Street….. I would love to see whatever they presented Charles, if you can or feel like sharing. Leslie

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