History of Belgravia

On 11 Sep 1862 Cecilia Nina Cavendish-Bentinck 1862-1938 was born to Charles William Frederick Cavendish-Bentinck 1817-1865 (44) and Caroline Louisa Burnaby at Belgravia.

On 19 Jan 1912 David Charteris 12th Earl Wemyss 1912-2008 was born to Hugo Francis Charteris 1884-1916 (28) and Violet Catherine Manners 1888-1971 (24) at Belgravia.

Manners Arms

Belgrave Square, Belgravia

On 23 May 1828 Cecil Weld-Forester 1st Baron Forester 1767-1828 (61) died of gout at Belgrave Square, Belgravia. His son John Weld-Forester 2nd Baron Forester 1801-1874 (26) succeeded 2nd Baron Forester of Willey Park in Shropshire.

On 30 Jun 1840 John Charles Pratt 3rd Marquess Camden 1840-1872 was born to George Pratt 2nd Marquess Camden 1799-1866 (41) and Harriet Murray Countess Camden 1813-1854 (27) at Belgrave Square, Belgravia.

On 03 Aug 1862 Mary Constance Wyndham Countess Wemyss 1862-1937 was born to Percy Scawen Wyndham 1835-1911 (27) at Belgrave Square, Belgravia.

On 13 Jul 1869 Henry Labouchere 1st Baron Taunton 1798-1869 (70) died at Belgrave Square, Belgravia. He was buried at Over Stowey.

Bridge Street

My Recollections by Adeline Horsey Countess Cardigan 1824-1915 Chapter IV: Presented at Court. After mamma's death I kept house for papa at 8 Upper Grosvenor Street. My brothers were rarely at home. William (17) was educated at Eton, and when he was sixteen years old the Duke of Wellington (73) gave him a commission in the Grenadier Guards. Later he went through the Crimean War, and he retired from the Army in 1883, on account of ill-health, with the rank of Lieutenant-General.
Algernon (16) entered the Navy in 1840 as a midshipman, and the same year took part in the operations on the coast of Syria. After the battle of Acre he received the Turkish medal and clasps : his promotion was rapid, and as Admiral, his flagship, the Shah, engaged the Huascar, which he forced to surrender to the Peruvian authorities.
Now that I was so much alone I occasionally found time hang heavy on my hands, and I welcomed any excitement as a break in the monotony, for of course our period of mourning prevented us entertaining or accepting invitations. One day my maid told me about a fortune-teller who had a wonderful gift for predicting the future. I was very much interested, and made up my mind to consult the oracle. My maid attempted to dissuade me, saying that the woman lived in Bridge Street, Westminster, which was not at all a nice neighbourhood. I have always had my own way and, disguised in a borrowed cloak, bonnet and thick veil, and accompanied by my protesting servant, I started off to Bridge Street late one November afternoon.
It was dusk when we reached Westminster and found Bridge Street, badly lighted and evil-smelling. We knocked at the door, stated whom we wished to see, and we were ushered through a dark passage into a dirty room reeking of tobacco.
The fortune-teller was a wrinkled old woman who was smoking a short clay pipe with evident enjoyment. When I told her what I had come for, she produced a greasy pack of cards, and after I had "crossed her pahn " she commenced to tell my future.
" Ah ! " said she at last, and she looked curiously, " my pretty young lady, fate holds a great deal in store for you. You will not marry for several years, but when you do it will be to a widower — a man in a high position. You will suffer much unkindness before you experience real happiness, you will obtain much and lose much, you will marry again after your husband's death, and you will live to a great age."
I was quite impressed by my "fortune," but I was a little disappointed, for like most girls I had my day-dreams of a young husband, and the prospect of a widower was thus rather depressing.
Strangely enough, the prediction came true, for Lord Cardigan (45) was a widower, and nearly all the men who proposed to me were widowers ! I was asked in marriage by Lord Sherborne (38), a widower with ten children ; by the Duke of Leeds (40), who was a widower with eleven children, and by Christopher Maunsell Talbot (39), once Father of the House of Commons, also a widower with four children. Prince Soltykoff, the Duke of St. Albans (41), Harry Howard, and Disraeli (38) were other widowers who proposed to me, so I suppose I must have had some unaccountable fascination for bereaved husbands.

Cadogan House, Belgravia

Times Newspaper Deaths. 14 Feb 1873. DEATH OF LADY CADOGAN. We have to announce the death of the Countess Cadogan, which occurred on Tuesday at Cadogan House, Belgravia. The deceased, who had long been an invalid, was the third daughter of the late Hon. and Rev. Gerald V. Wesley D.D., and Lady Emily, eldest daughter of the first Earl Cadogan. She was born in February, 1812 [NOTE. Sources state 16 Jan 1808], and married July 13, 1836, her cousin, the present Lord Cadogan (60), then Viscount Chelsea. She leaves issue four eons and a daughter.

Eaton Place, Belgravia

On 16 Dec 1842 Mary Elizabeth Kitty Moreton Countess Desmond, Countess Denbigh 1798-1842 (44) died at Eaton Place, Belgravia.

Eaton Square, Belgravia

On 20 Jan 1870 Admiral George Francis Seymour-Conway 1787-1870 (82) died in Eaton Square, Belgravia. Monument in Church of the Holy Trinity, Arrow sculpted by Prince Victor of Hohenlohe-Langenburg Count Gleichen 1833-1891 (36).

On 09 Feb 1872 John Pratt 4th Marquess Camden 1872-1943 was born to John Charles Pratt 3rd Marquess Camden 1840-1872 (31) and Clementina Augusta Spencer-Churchill Countess Camden 1848-1886 (23) at Eaton Square, Belgravia.

On 04 May 1872 John Charles Pratt 3rd Marquess Camden 1840-1872 (31) died at Eaton Square, Belgravia. His son John Pratt 4th Marquess Camden 1872-1943 succeeded 4th Marquess Camden.

On 30 Jun 1880 Edward Strutt 1st Baron Belper 1801-1880 (78) died at Eaton Square, Belgravia. His son Henry Strutt 2nd Baron Belper 1840-1914 (40) succeeded 2nd Baron Belper. Margaret Coke Baroness Belper 1852-1922 (28) by marriage Baroness Belper.

On 14 Jan 1891 Francis Russell 9th Duke Bedford 1819-1891 (71) committed suicide having shot himself as a result of insanity in Eaton Square, Belgravia. His son George William Sackville 10th Duke Bedford 1852-1893 (38) succeeded 10th Duke Bedford (6C 1694), 10th Marquess Tavistock. Adeline Marie Somers Duchess Bedford 1852-1920 (38) by marriage Duchess Bedford (6C 1694).

St Peter's Church, Eaton Square, Belgravia

On 02 Feb 1881 Tonman Mosley 1st Baron Anslow 1850-1933 (31) and Hilda Rose Montgomerie -1928 were married at St Peter's Church, Eaton Square, Belgravia.

Grosvenor Crescent, Belgravia

On 20 Feb 1845 Rosalind Frances Stanley Countess Carlisle 1845-1921 was born to Edward John Stanley 2nd Baron Stanley Alderley 1802-1869 (42) at Grosvenor Crescent, Belgravia.

My Recollections by Adeline Horsey Countess Cardigan 1824-1915 Chapter IV: Presented at Court. The intimate history of Society is full of unsuspected tragedy, but when the veil is torn aside, the unhappiness of many a husband and wife becomes tragedy in real earnest, and the light-hearted butterflies who sip the sweets of the good things of this life are horrified at the idea of such things happening in their midst. The grim story I am about to relate concerned particular friends of mine, and it made a great impression upon me. Constance de Burgh (22) was one of my great friends, she was a very pretty, charming girl who married Lord Ward (34), who had always been considered a great parti by mothers with marriageable daughters.
Constance (22) was not in love with her husband (34) ; he had proposed and she was told she must accept him. A dutiful daughter of rather colourless character, Constance never dreamt of opposition, and so she became Lady Ward.
Marriage frequently means disillusion, and the Ward marriage was not a success.
William Ward (34) was a pleasant man, but he had extraordinary ideas of how to treat a wife, ideas which could only be tolerated by a tactful woman who could laugh at them, and forget all the unpleasantness they entailed. Poor Constance was not tactful, and not accommodating. Her husband worshipped the beautiful ; he had selected his wife partly on account of her beauty, and he treated her like some lovely slave he had bought. He had a strange, almost barbaric passion for precious stones, and he bought quantities of them and lavished them on his wife, who appeared at great entertainments literally ablaze with diamonds.
What pleased Lord Ward more than anything was to make Constance put on all her jewels for his special benefit when they were alone. He would admire her thus for hours, delighting in her lovely unclothed figure, and contrasting the sheen of her ropes of pearls with her delicate skin, as she sat on a black satin-covered couch.
These strange proceedings at first terrified and then disgusted Constance. She appealed to her father, but her parents decided that her husband's peculiarities came within the meaning of the marriage vows, and she was told she must submit to her husband's humours.
Fate then threw Constance (22) across Lord Dupplin's (24) path, with the result that the tragedy began.
I knew Blanche Dupplin (23) very well, and often when I was lunching with her she would tell me sorrowfully about her husband's (24) infatuation. "It is useless to expostulate," said Blanche; " Dupplin will not abandon the affair, and I don't know how it will end if William Ward (34) finds out his wife's (22) infidelity."
Matters came to a crisis at a fancy dress ball given by Lady Londonderry (22) at Holderness House, the chief feature being a quadrille danced by ladies representing famous European queens. I met the Wards there ; Constance looked delicate, and early in the evening she said she felt ill and must go home. She came over to where her husband and I were standing, and asked him whether he intended to accompany her.
" No, I shall stay," said Lord Ward (34), " I mean to have several dances with Miss de Horsey. Go home by all means if you are tired."
Constance was enceinte, so her absence excited no comment as she was far from strong. Her husband remained until nearly 3 a.m., when he departed for his house in Park Lane — it was daylight, and, as he approached the house, he suddenly noticed a man leaving it. Their eyes met ; it was Lord Dupplin (24), who turned and ran for his life down the street.
Lord Ward entered, and startled the sleepy footman by telling him to rouse the servants and bid them assemble in the hall. He then went upstairs to his wife's bedroom.
What passed between them was told by Constance to a friend ; her husband came to her bedside and accused her of committing adultery with Lord Dupplin (24). " Get up, madame," he continued, "my house is yours no longer; arrangements shall be made for your future, but henceforth you are no wife of mine."
Tears and entreaties were useless, and Constance was obliged to dress ; William Ward (34) then led her past the scandalised servants who were waiting downstairs, and — turned her out of doors.
The poor frightened girl managed to reach her parents' house in Grosvenor Crescent, and implored them to give her shelter, but they were as heartless as her husband, and told her they could not take her in. More dead than alive, she turned her steps to Conduit Street, where her singing-master lived, and this gentleman, full of compassion for his unfortunate pupil, allowed her to remain there until the next day, when she went to Ostend. From Ostend she went to Ems, where her child was prematurely born and the unhappy young mother died. Her husband brought her body to England, and once again Constance Ward (22) lay in her darkened bedroom.
On the evening of the day before her burial, Lord Colville came to see Lord Ward. They talked for some time and then the widower suddenly turned to his friend.
" Colville — you admired my wife ? " "Yes," replied Lord Colville, " I did." " Well, come and look your last on her," said Lord Ward, and lighting a candle he led the way upstairs.
The room was full of shadows, and the flickering light fell on the lovely face of the dead woman. Silently Lord Colville stood by her, and his heart ached when he thought of her fate. Ward was watching him attentively. "Still admiring my wife? Well, she was a pretty woman — but — you'd never credit she had such bad teeth." He put down the candle on a table as he spoke, and raised his wife's head from the pillow. With cold deliberation he wrenched the jaws apart. " I always told you she had bad teeth," he repeated, "look here, man." But Lord Colville had hurriedly left the room. He told me afterwards it was the most ghastly sight he had ever seen.

Grosvenor Gardens, Belgravia

13 Grosvenor Gardens, Belgravia

On 11 Jun 1890 John Granville Cornwallis Eliot 6th Earl St Germans 1890- was born to Henry Cornwallis Eliot 5th Earl St Germans 1835-1911 (55) and Emily Harriet Labouchere 4th Countess St Germans 1844-1933 (45) at 13 Grosvenor Gardens, Belgravia.

30 Grosvenor Gardens, Belgravia

Times Newspaper Obituaries. 27 Jan 1916. The death of Lady Ulrica Thynne took place on Wednesday at 30, Grosvenor-gardens. She was the second daughter of the 12th Duke of Somerset and was born in 1833. She married, in 1858, Lord Henry Frederick Thynne, second son of the third Marquess of Bath, who was Treasurer of the Household to Queen Victoria and for over 25 years M.P. for South Wilts. There were four sons and two daughters of the marriage. The funeral will be at Findon, near Worthing, on Monday, at 1 o'clock.

Grosvenor Place, Belgravia

On 20 Jul 1828 George Pitt 2nd Baron Rivers 1751-1828 (76) died in Grosvenor Place, Belgravia. His nephew Horace Pitt-Rivers 3rd Baron Rivers 1777-1831 (50) succeeded 3rd Baron Rivers (3C 1776) of Stratfield Saye in Hampshire.

Grosvenor Square, Belgravia

On 31 Dec 1738 Charles Cornwallis 1st Marquess Cornwallis 1738-1805 was born to Charles Cornwallis 1st Earl Cornwallis 1700-1762 (38) and Elizabeth Townshend Countess Cornwallis -1785 at Grosvenor Square, Belgravia.

On 12 Jul 1749 George Carpenter 2nd Baron Carpenter 1657-1749 (46) died at Grosvenor Square, Belgravia. He was buried at St Andrew's Church, Owlesbury. His son George Carpenter 1st Earl Tyrconnel 1723-1762 (25) succeeded 3rd Baron Carpenter of Killaghy in County Tipperary. Frances Clifton Countess Tyrconnel by marriage Baroness Carpenter of Killaghy in County Tipperary.

On 17 Jan 1754 Catherine Tollemache -1754 died at Grosvenor Square, Belgravia.

On 25 Sep 1767 John Stuart 1767-1794 was born to John Stuart 1st Marquess Bute 1744-1814 (23) and Charlotte Jane Windsor Marchioness Bute 1746-1800 (21) at Grosvenor Square, Belgravia.

Before 20 Oct 1743 Michael Dahl Painter 1659-1743. Portrait of Charlotte Jane Windsor Marchioness Bute 1746-1800.

On 16 Mar 1798 Henry Gough-Calthorpe 1st Baron Calthorpe 1749-1798 (49) died in Grosvenor Square, Belgravia.

On 19 Apr 1798 Elizabeth Spencer Baronetess Dashwood 1716-1798 (82) died at Grosvenor Square, Belgravia. She was buried at Woodbridge.

In 1804 Anne Liddell Duchess Grafton 1737-1804 (67) died at Grosvenor Square, Belgravia.

On 24 Feb 1811 James Brudenell 5th Earl Cardigan 1725-1811 (85) died at Grosvenor Square, Belgravia. His nephew Robert Brudenell 6th Earl Cardigan 1769-1837 (41) succeeded 6th Earl Cardigan. Penelope Cooke Countess Cardigan 1770-1826 (41) by marriage Countess Cardigan.

On 10 Jun 1830 Edward Adolphus Seymour 12th Duke Somerset 1804-1885 (25) and Jane Georgiana Sheridan Duchess Somerset 1809-1884 (20) were married at Grosvenor Square, Belgravia.

28 Grosvenor Square, Belgravia

Times Newspaper Marriages. 05 Jan 1938. MR. J. NEVILL (23) AND MISS HARRISON (22)
The Duke (37) and Duchess of Gloucester (36) have sent a silver condiments set to Mr. John Nevill (23), Life Guards, elder son of Major (54) and Mrs. Guy Larnach-Nevill, of Uckfield House, and Miss Patricia Harrison (22), daughter of Major and the Hon. Mrs. J. F. Harrison, of Kings Walden Bury, Hitchin, whose marriage took place yesterday at St. Paul's, Knightsbridge. The Rev. G. S. Shackleford officiated, assisted by the Rev. E. C. Dunford. The bride (22), who was given away by her father, wore a gown of ivory-tinted panne velvet, embossed with sprays of silver flowers. The bodice was fashioned with a square neckline and long sleeves, slightly full at the shoulder, and the square train was lined with silver tissue. A headdress of silver-tipped doves' wings surmounted her long tulle veil, and she carried a spray of mixed white flowers. A retinue of six little girls and four pages folowed the bride. They were Penelope Harrison (sister of the bride), the Hon. Clare Beckett, Marye Pepys (niece of the bridegroom), Margaret Rosselli, Caroline Bury, Joanna Spencer, Hugh Lawson (cousin of the bride), David Myddelton (cousin of the bridegroom), Thomas Pilkington (nephew of the bride), and Charles Smith-Bingham. The pages wore replicas of the uniform of the Life Guards of the early nineteenth century, and the little girls wore long frocks of silver lame, the high-waisted bodices cut with short, puff sleeves, and square necks. They wore caps of silver lame, trimmed with white fur, and carried white fur muffs. Lord Roderic Pratt (22), Life Guards, was best man, and there was a guard of honour from the same regiment. The Hon. Mrs. J. F. Harrison afterwards held a reception at 28, Grosvenor Square, W1. The honeymoon wil be spent in Switzerland.

Lower Grosvenor Street, Belgravia

On 08 Apr 1794 Martha Harcourt Baroness Vernon Kinderton Chester 1715-1794 (78) died at Lower Grosvenor Street, Belgravia.

Before 1744 Enoch "The Younger" Seeman Painter 1694-1744. Portrait of Martha Harcourt Baroness Vernon Kinderton Chester 1715-1794.

53 Lower Grosvenor Street, Belgravia

On 04 Aug 1859 Robert Windsor-Clive 1824-1859 (35) died at 53 Lower Grosvenor Street, Belgravia. He was buried at St Mary the Virgin Church, Bromfield, Ludlow.

Lowndes Square, Belgravia

On 14 Mar 1855 Claude Bowes-Lyon 14th Earl Strathmore and Kinghorne 1855-1944 was born to Claude Bowes-Lyon 13th Earl Strathmore and Kinghorne 1824-1904 (30) and Frances Dora Smith Countess Strathmore and Kinghorne 1832-1922 (22) at Lowndes Square, Belgravia.

35 Lowndes Square, Belgravia

On 08 Apr 1902 John Wodehouse 1st Earl Kimberley 1826-1902 (76) died at 35 Lowndes Square, Belgravia.

Victoria Station

Times Newspaper Court Circulars. 02 Feb 1907.
Their Majesties the King (65) and Queen (62), attended by the Countess of Gosford (51), the Hon. Charlotte Knollys (72), Captain the Hon. Seymour Fortescue, R.N (50), and Major F. Ponsonby, left the Palace this morning for the British Embassy, Paris.
Her Royal Highness the Princess Victoria (38) accompanied Their Majesties to Calais, and proceeded to Christiania on a visit to Their Majesties the King (34) and Queen of Norway (37).
Lady Eva Dugdale and Colonel Sir Henry Knollys (Comptroller and Private Secretary to Her Majesty the Queen of Norway were in attendance upon Her Royal Highness. The King and Queen are travelling u the Duke and Duchess of Lancaster. The Countess of Gosford has succeeded Lady Alice Stanley as Lady in Waiting to Her Majesty.
The Prince of Wales (41), accompanied by Prince Edward of Wales (12), was present at Victoria Station, and took leave of the King (65) and Queen (62) on Their Majesties' departure for Paris. The Hon. Derek Keppel (43) was in attendance.

Around 1846. Franz Xaver Winterhalter Painter 1805-1873 (40). Portrait of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (4).

10 Mar 1863. William Powell Frith Painter 1819-1909 (44). Marriage of the future King Edward VII and Alexandra. The artist has depicted the moment when the Prince (21) is about to place the ring on the Princess' (18) finger. The two little boys dressed in tartan are Prince Leopold (9) and Prince Arthur (12), Queen Victoria's youngest sons. At the top right of the painting the Queen (43) herself looks down on the ceremony.

1901. Luke Fildes Painter 1843-1927 (57). Coronation Portrait of Edward VII King United Kingdom 1841-1910 (59).

1911. Luke Fildes Painter 1843-1927 (67). Drawing of Edward VII King United Kingdom 1841-1910 on his deathbed.

1911. Luke Fildes Painter 1843-1927 (67). Coronation Portrait of George V King United Kingdom 1865-1936 (45).

Wilton Crescent, Belgravia

On 09 May 1838 George Coventry 9th Earl Coventry was born to George William Coventry 1808-1838 (29) at Wilton Crescent, Belgravia.

23 Wilton Crescent, Belgravia

On 03 Mar 1880 George Pitt-Rivers 6th Baron Rivers 1814-1880 (65) died at 23 Wilton Crescent, Belgravia.

Wilton Place, Belgravia

On 14 Jan 1866 Henry Arthur Mornington Wellesley 3rd Earl Cowley 1866-1919 was born to William Henry Wellesley 2nd Earl Cowley 1834-1895 (31) at Wilton Place, Belgravia.

Wilton Terrace, Belgravia