c/o flat 18 Chenies Street
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CHENIES STREET CHAMBERS
9-11 Chenies Street
larger detail of building
Builder's Report and Engineering Times
Friday June 8, 1888 page 461
Bloomsbury - For the erection of ladies's residential chambers, Chenies-street
Mr. J.M Brydon. architect. Quantities by Messrs. Franklin and Andrews.
Bray and Pope
Perry & Co.
Higgs & Hill
Patman & Fotheringham
Holland & Haman
Brass & Son*
|*accepted, as amended, at 7,500
The tradition of having social activists
in the building continued with the first Council Tenants. Patsy Futatsugi's
father, Johnny Morten, was one of the protesters
arrested by police, on September 12, 1946, supporting the protesting squatters
who had taken over the Ivanhoe Hotel on Southampton Row. He (with his
wife Pat and five-year-old daughter Patsy) moved into the newly
renovated Chenies Street Chambers in 1947 and
lived in the same flat until his death in 1998.
Patsy is not the only original council tenant in this building, circa 2008.
Diana Lesardi moved into the building in 1947 as well, with her father and
mother (flat 17) and Diana still lives in the building (although not in the
Safety Legislation (outside link)
Fire Prevention - Common Questions
The Victorian Society is the national society responsible for the study and
protection of Victorian and Edwardian architecture and other arts. It was
founded in 1958 to fight the then widespread ignorance of nineteenth and
early twentieth century architecture. Among its thirty founder members were
John Betjeman and Nikolaus Pevsner.
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Chenies Street Chambers is a late- Victorian building
which runs east-west between Gower Street and Tottenham Court Road. It was
purpose-built as a 'ladies' residential dwelling' and was first recorded
as such in the 1891 census. This site is the history of the block and is
an excellent example of how to present a local history project on the web.
Records include poor rates, census material and even an air raid report dated
17th April 1941. There are plenty of attractive images and maps as well as
fascinating nuggets of local history.
Family History Monthly
(managing editor: John Dean)
45 St Mary's Road
Ealing, London W5 5RQ
No. 83, August 2002, p.34
CHENIES STREET CHAMBERS
formed September 2001