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Published: October 2nd 2018
After our gourmet brekky bought from Sainsbury’s yesterday afternoon, Tom set off with plenty of time to get to his appointment. I set off some time later to walk the length of Ebury Street.
This area was home to several of Tom’s ancestors. The earliest record is of his 4-G grandfather, Eastman Price, who was a surgeon here in Pimlico in 1797. Ebury Street has been part of Belgravia, Chelsea and Pimlico over the decades. Another of Tom’s 4-G grandfathers, Johan Christoph Mithoefer and his wife Elizabeth Page lived at #21
1832-1855, and their daughter Frances Ann and her husband, John Frederick Lewis (Tom’s 3-G grandparents) also lived there until 1855. #21 doesn’t look like an original building unfortunately. It may have been bombed during the war, or just pulled down and redeveloped. Directly opposite though is an upmarket housing development built circa 1900 - Lygon Place (there is a 7 bedroom home there for sale at the moment for £21.5million). So maybe it’s just been redeveloped.
(but now #160) was
home of Edward Eastman Price and his wife Elizabeth Lockyer (3-G), Edward Lacy Price (2-G) and William Price (also 2-G) between 1828-1851. This was at the
southern end of the street and was bombed during the war, it’s now high rise units.
was the home of Edward Lacy Price and his wife Eliza Lewis (2-G), her mother Frances Ann Lewis (3-G) and their son William Price (another William Price, this one a great-grandfather) from 1871-1891. This is now the Lord Milner Hotel, where we are staying.
Dame Edith Evans used to live next door. Mozart was living in Ebury St (#180) when he wrote his first symphony at the age of 8 (his parents were doing a European tour and lived there for 6 weeks). Ian Fleming used to live at #22 which was originally a baptist chapel. I was admiring its architecture when a nice English gent stopped to chat with me. He runs an internet design company that now occupies part of the building.
After I finished exploring Ebury St I turned right at Grovenor Square, left into Buckingham Palace Rd., and continued past the mews (open for tours and with their own shop), past the Palace shop and past the Queens Collection shop. I found my way to the front of the palace. So did a horde of other
I returned to our hotel and chilled until Tom returned from his outing. I’d written concise directions for him to get himself to the other side of the city for a 10am reservation on the Mail train - a disused small train that was used for about 70 years to get the mail around the city in their exclusive underground tunnels. After that he continued on to the Imperial War Museum - on our last two visits to this city the museum had been closed, so he finally got to explore all the floors!
We decided to eat dinner at the lovely Sicilian restaurant opposite Thomas Cubitts. Delicious!
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