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Description: The Piazza, Bedford Chambers
Date Listed: 24 February 1958
English Heritage Building ID: 209333
OS Grid Reference: TQ3030580929
OS Grid Coordinates: 530305, 180929
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5123, -0.1236
TQ 3080 NW CITY OF WESTMINSTER COVENT GARDEN, WC2
Nos 1 to 8 The Piazza,
24.2.58 Bedford Chambers
(including No 33 James
Terraced houses with arcade. 1877-79 by Henry Clutton; rebuilding on a
larger scale and with modified detail of Inigo Jones's original north west
"piazza" block. Red brick with stone dressings, slate roof. The arcading
faithful to the Jones-Isaac de Caus original but the upper floor and
pilasters modified with attic storey added. 4 storeys plus dormers.
Regular 8 window wide front with James Street return in rythm 1:3:1.
Ground floor proper set back behind rusticated stone arcade (the "piazzas")
carrying the facade, the arcade vaulted and shop fronts surmounted by
mezzanines within the arches, doorways architraved with console bracketed
cornices. 1st and 2nd floors have stone architraved sashes separated by
rhythm of the channelled stone pilasters; attic storey windows in stone
panelled strip frames. String course with plinth at 1st floor level over
arcade; projecting bracketed main cornice over 2nd floor and frieze and
cornice to attic. Oeil-de-boeuf dormers. James Street return generally
similar but with centre piece of 3 Gibbs surround doorways surmounted by
mezzanine windows below 1st floor balcony; outer bays with big arched
entrances, that on left the return end of arcade to Covent Garden. This
Clutton block is the sole if remodelled reminder of the original "piazzas"
of Jones's 1631 square.
Survey of London; Vol. XXXVI.
Covent Garden Market; Robert Thorne.
Listing NGR: TQ3030580929
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