1.3 Downing Street part 1

Welcome to part 1 of our history of Downing Street. We had no idea it had so many stories to tell when we started researching this episode! It’s had to be split into two parts as a result, so we can cover at least some of its extremely colourful history. We strongly recommend enjoying R.J. Minney’s “Number 10 Downing Street: A House in History” if you’ve gotten a taste for corrupt and incompetent public figures.

Also featured: adventurer Hester Stanhope, unluckiest PM of all Spencer Perceval and an appearance by man about town Horace Walpole.

Wrenwatch: Christopher Wren designed the terraced houses of Downing Street, seen in the header. With bonus architectural shouts to John Soane and William Kent.

Extras for the interested

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Overlay old maps on today’s map of Downing Street to see how the area has changed.

The excellent Downing Street website has an extensive blog on its history.

 

 

Header image from Wikimedia Commons.