This volume of the Survey of London deals with the first part of
the parish of St. Margaret, Westminster, and contains information concerning two houses (the only two coming within the
scope of the survey, which is restricted to buildings erected before
1800) in Parliament Street, a number of houses in Great George Street,
Old Queen Street, and Queen Anne's Gate, and the Blue Coat School.
Nearly all the original houses in Great George Street have been demolished,
and of some of these the Council possesses no records, but it has been
found possible to include the majority in the survey.
In earlier volumes of the Survey of London the lists of occupants of
the houses described have not generally been carried beyond 1800. In the
present volume, however, it has been thought advisable to extend the lists
to 1840, and in some cases in which the houses have been demolished
particulars have been given in the Historical Notes of distinguished
occupants later than 1840.
I desire to take this opportunity of thanking those owners and
occupiers of buildings who have granted permission to the Council to
make surveys of the interior of their premises, and take photographs
thereof. Thanks are also due to the Clerk of Christ's Hospital
for his kindness in allowing access to the Hospital's records in connection
with the investigation of the early history of the eastern half of Queen Anne's
Gate, and for allowing the reproduction of the interesting 16th-century map
of the Hospital's estate in Tothill Street. The Westminster City Council
placed its very complete and excellently arranged series of ratebooks at the
Council's service for the purpose of this volume; without the information
derived from these, the full accounts of the residents in the various houses
dealt with could not have been compiled. The assistance of the officials
in the Public Record Office and the Middlesex Registry is also much
appreciated. The Architect to the Council desires to record his appreciation
of the work done in connection with the preparation of the volume by
Mr. C. J. T. Dadd, F.S.I., and other assistants in his department.
The historical information contained in the volume has been prepared
by Mr. W. W. Braines, B.A.(Lond.), a principal assistant in my department.
MONTAGU H. COX.
Clerk of the Council.
The County Hall,
Westminster Bridge, S.E. 1.
18th March, 1926.