Buildings in Eton Street
Buildings in Eton Street
Record No
163750
Title
Buildings in Eton Street
Description
This view shows various buildings of mixed purpose on the north-east side of Eton Street looking towards Lower George Street and The Square in the Central Richmond conservation area of Richmond-upon-Thames. To the right of view, the block of flats beyond at 20-36 Eton Street is believed to be post-war and are little-changed in appearance today, other than having the windows replaced with UPVC sealed-glazing units. Beyond, a historic passageway called Towers Place now leads to Union Court, retaining its traditional surface and part of the brick wall next to the flats. The three two-storey terraced buildings at numbers 14-18 Eton Street are believed to be mid-to-late nineteenth century and are listed locally as Buildings of Townscape Merit. Number 14 is shown trading as Christian Bookshop, whereas numbers 16 and 18 were private houses, but these have since been converted to retail use, their picket fences removed, and now have shop fronts with period-style display window surrounds. The three-storey building at number 12 was once a furniture warehouse and was converted into offices for Bayer Chemicals Ltd. It has since been demolished and replaced with a mixed retail and office development called Isabella House, presenting three shop fronts to Eton Street at 12a, 12b and 12c. Beyond, the stepped terrace of four three-storey shops is also thought to be mid-to-late nineteenth century and listed locally. Slightly out of focus, one of them can nevertheless be identified as a hairdresser's shop by its barber's pole style lantern. The end of the terrace at 2 Eton Street is formed by a two-storey white-fronted shop, its scalloped parapet barely visible in this image, also listed locally. At the far end of the vista, the impressive four-storey Victorian hotel building at 3 The Square is shown here as The Imperial, its original name since 1890 and said during the 1970s and 1980s to be a popular pub with members of the Gay community. Now serving as a branch of the Nationwide Building Society, it is listed locally and is one of a number of buildings making 'valuable contributions to the character of the town centre'. Just visible beyond with twin dormers is one of the Victorian shop buildings in The Quadrant of similar age to The Imperial and also listed locally. A few winter-coated individuals and pairs of pedestrians are walking on the pavements to both sides of the streets.
Date of execution
1974
Section
London Metropolitan Archives
Collection
LCC Photograph Library
Medium
photograph
Catalogue No
SC_PHL_01_680_74_1539
London picture map location
Exact
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