Houses in Bentinck Street
Houses in Bentinck Street
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Houses in Bentinck Street
View of front elevations of terraced townhouses at 7-10 Bentinck Street, Marylebone. Built c1780-90. Number 8 and 9 are Grade II listed; listing numbers 1218344 and 1357188. James Smithson founder of the Smithsonian Institute lived at number 9 in 1825-26, where in October 1826 he wrote his famous will to establish the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, the world’s largest museum and research complex. Frederic Chopin stayed at number 10, but found the rooms too expensive and moved to 48 Dover Street. Number 9 was occupied in 1854–60 by the Convent of the Holy Child Jesus, which moved there from Queen Square. The Historian Edward Gibbon (1737-94) lived at number 7 Bentinck Street in 1773-83, writing much of his great work 'The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire' which was published on 17 February 1776.
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