Esoteric London

No. 578: Page Street, SW1

Posted in Architectural, London Places, Political London by esotericlondon on May 16, 2012

Edric House, Page Street, London, SW1. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

Whitehall The Street that Shaped a Nation – Colin Brown, 2009:

With the Normans came the first recognizable vestiges of the civil service that was to become synonymous with the rutted track called Whitehall. The houses along the track to Westminster that became known as King Street also quickly grew with its importance. A settlement of eighty-six households was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. William Rufus built the great hall at Westminster, and the Abbey monks  granted the land along  the river at Enedehithe to Gerin, an administrator to Henry II. His house and land passed to Henry II’s Treasurer Richard FitzNigel, one of the first of the civil servants of Whitehall. FitzNigel recorded that he used a chequered cloth like an abacus on a table five feet by ten to count taxes due to the King from the accounts set down in the Domesday Book. It is the reason the chief finance minister at the Treasury in Whitehall is still known as the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

[ Colin Brown’s book Whitehall The Street That Shaped a Nation is published by Simon & Schuster UK Ltd.
The photograph above is of Edric House one of several blocks of social housing designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens that stretch along Page Street in SW1. R.D.]

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  1. Jo Hall said, on May 18, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    We were in Salisbury recently and saw quite a lot of houses/large cottages with this sort of pattern, but they were much older. It’s quite natty!


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