|The Metropole Building, |
One notable building is the former Metropole Hotel a grand triangular structure, built in the 1880s and often frequented by Royalty but used as government offices since 1936 .
Monday, 14 May 2012
London Monopoly (9): Northumberland Ave
This is the final property in the 'Pink' set on my tour of the London Monopoly board.
In 1605 Henry Howard, the 1st Earl of Northampton, cleared a site and built a huge mansion-house based on the medieval style with a great hall and separate apartments for various family members and attendants. His property had a garden that backed onto the river and adjoined Scotland Yard in the west; an unthinkably large land-holding by today's standards. The property was eventually sold to the Percy family, the Dukes of Northumberland, who owned it until it was acquired by the Metropolitan Board of Works in 1874 to make way for Northumberland Avenue to be built.
Edison House, Thomas Edison's British headquarters, were in Northumberland Avenue and historic phonograph recordings (which still exist) were made there including the voices of William Gladstone and PT Barnum.