Marlborough Street £180

Great Marlborough Street is the second orange property on the Monopoly board. The road runs west to east in Soho in Westminster. At the western end it joins Regent Street and at the eastern end it becomes Noel Street. Carnaby Street runs off it.

Great Marlborough Street’s construction began in the early 18th century. A tablet formerly attached to a house at the corner of Great Marlborough Street was inscribed “Marlborough Street 1704”, the name given in honour of the commander of the English Army, John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, celebrating his victory at Blenheim on the 13th August 1704. By 1706 eleven houses had been built and it became a fashionable address.

Many of the houses built were demolished and in the 19th century the street became mainly commercial and remains so today. Most of the present buildings are replacements dating from the Victorian Era or later.

1 Great Marlborough Street: The Coach and Horses Public House has been on the corner site since 1739.

19-21 Great Marlborough Street: In 1793 No 21 became a police office. In 1856 the ground at the rear of No 20 was used to enlarge the police station. In 1892 No 20 and 21 were bought and 7 years later No 20 was demolished and a new police station was built on the site. In 1913 a building incorporating a police station and magistrate’s court was erected.

In 1835 Charles Dickens worked as a reporter in the police office for the Morning Chronicle. In 1847 Louis Napoleon appeared in court as witness in a fraud case between attempts to establish a second empire in France in 1847. In 1895 Oscar Wilde took the Marquess of Queensbury to court on a criminal libel charge.

The courthouse featured in many tabloid newspaper stories throughout the 1960s and 1970s. In 1963 Christine Keeler was taken to court over sex allegations which led to the John Profumo (Secretary of State for War) scandal becoming public and him resigning. In 1966 Bob Monkhouse faced a charge of conspiracy to defraud film distribution companies.

The building was centre in Mick Jagger’s 1969 court case in which he was fined £200 for drugs charges and in 1973 fellow Rolling Stones member Keith Richards was fined £205 for possession of marijuana, heroin, mandrax, a revolver and an antique shotgun. In 1970 John Lennon was taken to court for exhibiting pictures deemed too sexually explicit in the London Art Gallery. In 1977 Sex Pistols singer Johnny Rotten was fined £40 for possessing amphetamines.

The last notable case before it became a hotel was in 1981 when John Miller, who was the mastermind behind the kidnapping of Ronnie Biggs appeared in court after being arrested on arrival back from Barbados.

36 Great Marlborough Street is where Charles Darwin took lodgings in 1837.

48 Great Marlborough Street in 1774 was as ‘a large Place of Entertainment for the Publick… called the Cassino’. Masquerades, dramas, music and debates were held here until 1786 when an attorney took over the building. In 1908 the building was purchased by Charles Gottlieb Volkert of the firm Schott and Company (a music publishing company) who still occupy it.

49 and 50 Great Marlborough Street was the Church of St John The Baptist in 1869 till 1937 when the church was demolished.

53 Great Marlborough Street was built in 1886-87 by the Metropolitan of Works as a fire station. The fire station was closed in 1922.

In 1902: Philip Morris (the appointed tobacconist for King Edward VII) set up a corporation on Broad St. in New York to sell its British brands, including one named “Marlboro,” named after “Great Marlborough Street,” the site of Philip Morris’ original factory in London.

In 1924 Arthur Liberty built the mock Tudor wing of the Liberty Store. It was built from the timbers of two ships HMS Impregnable and HMS Hindustan. The frontage of the store is the same length as the Hindustan.

Listed Buildings

No 19-21 Consecutively

No 48

Premises of Messrs. Liberty and Co Ltd (Liberty Tudor Building)

Future

The nearby Tottenham Court Road station is currently undergoing transformations as part of the Crossrail project and is due to be open in 2017 with surrounding public areas being upgraded.

Soho is shaking off its sex and sleaze image and has become a hotspot for the fashionable media crowd. There is a boutique shopping quarter complementing Liberty’s and Michelin starred restaurants.

37 Loft style apartments called The Regent have recently been built.

Trenchard House, former police accommodation, has been remodelled into 78 flats.

The Hat Factory are eight warehouse style apartments in a Victorian workshop.

Soho Square are five double heighted apartments.

Information

The average sold price of a Flat in 2014 was £884,387.00

If purchasing a property in Marlborough Street Conveyancing Data Services recommended searches are Groundsure Energy, Groundsure Underground Report and a Groundsure HS2 report.

The average rent of a two bedroom flat in Soho is £3157pcm

The nearest Underground is Oxford Circus.

The nearest Overground is Charing Cross.

Marlborough Street is in the Congestion Charge Zone. You have to pay an £11.50 daily charge if you drive between 07.00 and 18.00, Monday to Friday.

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