Eighteen local residents and workers (and one lovely guide dog called Jodie!) enjoyed hearing archivist Alison Kenney talk about the history of Belgravia and Pimlico at Victoria Library last week. She illustrated the development of these areas from market gardens and marshes to fashionable squares and terraces with a selection of maps and prints from the collections at the City of Westminster Archives Centre.
Alison’s talk highlighted the importance of the fortuitous marriage of Cheshire baronet Sir Thomas Grosvenor to the 12 year old heiress Mary Davies in 1677 and the pioneering work of 19th century millionaire building developer Thomas Cubitt. She included some interesting facts about the area such as Victoria Station being built on the filled-in basin of the Grosvenor Canal, and amusing stories such as the scandal surrounding the use of the confessional by the High Church curate at St Barnabas Pimlico to find out about local women’s sex lives in the 1840s!