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The Piazza, Bedford Chambers

A Grade II Listed Building in St James's, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5123 / 51°30'44"N

Longitude: -0.1236 / 0°7'24"W

OS Eastings: 530305

OS Northings: 180929

OS Grid: TQ303809

Mapcode National: GBR JD.D2

Mapcode Global: VHGQZ.T801

Entry Name: The Piazza, Bedford Chambers

Listing Date: 24 February 1958

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1066948

English Heritage Legacy ID: 209333

Location: Westminster, London, WC2E

County: London

District: City of Westminster

Electoral Ward/Division: St James's

Built-Up Area: City of Westminster

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Paul Covent Garden

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text

TQ 3080 NW CITY OF WESTMINSTER COVENT GARDEN, WC2
72/10
Nos 1 to 8 The Piazza,
24.2.58 Bedford Chambers
(including No 33 James
Street)
G.V.
II

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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