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A R L I N G T O N S T R E E T
A B O D E O F L I O N S
P O L I T I C I A N S A L S O H A V E N O L E I S U R E , B E C A U S E T H E Y A R E
A L W A Y S A I M I N G A T S O M E T H I N G B E Y O N D P O L I T I C A L L I F E I T S E L F ,
P O W E R A N D G L O R Y , O R H A P P I N E S S .
A R I S T O T L E { 3 8 4 – 3 2 2 B C }
Conveniently close to St. James’s Palace–the official residence of the Monarchy until the
reign of Victoria–the street was home to themistress of Charles II, the Duchess of Cleveland,
from 1691-96. Some one hundred years later, at their lodgings in Arlington Street, Lord
and Lady Nelson had their final quarrel over Lady Hamilton and parted
.
Among notable
politicians, Lord Carteret–Sir Robert's political nemesis–inhabited No.19 in the 1730s, while
Charles James Fox, theWhig politician, moved in to No.9 from1804-06. As resident of No.16
(
designed by James Gibbs, and now the home of the Royal Overseas League) Lord North,
PrimeMinister from1770-82, was succeeded by the Duchess of Rutland–whose friend the
Duke of York, George IV’s brother, was to die on the premises, in debt, in 1827. AndHenry
Pelham, who followed the brief tenure of Spencer Compton as Prime Minister in 1743,
occupied No.22 Arlington Street–a magnificent house built by William Kent, and which
bears his name today.
Indeed, so many politicians lived in Arlington Street during the 18th
Century that Horace Walpole nicknamed it
Ministerial Street
.
Horace himself was born at
No.17 and moved to No.5 with his father upon the latter’s resignation as Prime Minister
in 1742. No.5 Arlington Street remained the London home of Sir Robert Walpole until his
death in 1745, whereupon the lease would pass to Horace. Arlington Street remains in a
class of its own, as desirable and stylish an address as it was inWalpole’s day.
C H A R L E S I I G R A N T E D A R L I N G T O N S T R E E T
T O T H E E A R L O F A R L I N G T O N – W H O
P R O M P T L Y S O L D I T O N .
I N T H E M O S T F A S H I O N A B L E D I S T R I C T
O F L O N D O N , A R L I N G T O N S T R E E T I S S T E E P E D
I N H I S T O R Y , I T S H O U S E S B U I L T B Y T H E
G R E A T E S T A R C H I T E C T S O F T H E 1 8 T H C E N T U R Y
T O A C C O M M O D A T E T H E A R I S T O C R A T S ,
P O L I T I C I A N S A N D L U M I N A R I E S
O F T H E D A Y .
In
1681