LXXI.—NO. 9, BEDFORD SQUARE. (fn. 1)
Ground landlord and lessee.
Ground landlord, The Crown; lessees, executors to the late Mrs.
General description and date of structure.
On 20th November, 1777, a lease (fn. 2) was granted, as from Michaelmas,
1775, of "all that parcel of ground, with the messuage thereon erected
on the east side of Bedford Square … being the second house southward
from the opening opposite Bedford Street [Bayley Street]." The house
was obviously No. 9, which first appears in the parish ratebooks for the
The ground floor front room has a white marble chimneypiece
inlaid with coloured marble, over which, on the chimney breast, is an oval
plaque with a figure subject (Plate 72) and ornamental plaster
There are two other plaques (Plate 72) of the same shape, one over
the door of this room and the other on the chimney breast in the rear
Another piece of figure work is placed over the door to the front room
on the first floor, representing Anacreon and Eros.
The two rooms on the first floor have finely ornamented ceilings,
that in the front room being illustrated in Plate 73. The chimneypieces
are chiefly of white marble, the one in the front room having Ionic capitals
and coloured marble shafts, while that in the rear room is inlaid with
coloured marble, and has a sculptured panel in the frieze.
Condition of repair.
The premises are in good repair.
The ratebooks show that Jas. Langston lived at No. 9 from 1779 to 1797, and
Mrs. Langston is shown in occupation of the house during the remainder of the
In the Council's collection are.
(fn. 3) Chimneypiece in front room on ground floor (plaque and frieze reproduced)
(fn. 3) Plaque over door and frieze in front room on ground floor (photograph).
(fn. 3) Plaque on chimney-breast and frieze in rear room on ground floor (photograph).
Alto relievo over entrance to drawing room (photograph).
Marble chimneypiece in rear room on first floor (photograph).
(fn. 3) Ornamental plaster ceiling in front room on first floor (photograph).
Ornamental plaster ceiling in rear room on first floor (photograph).