Lord North Street is a short street of Georgian terraced housing running between Smith Square and Great Peter Street in Westminster. It forms part of an exceptionally well preserved enclave of early eighteenth century housing together with Barton and Cowley Streets and the surviving parts of Smith Square.
The street was built in the early 1720s in order to provide an approach to the new church of St John the Evangelist, which was completed by Thomas Archer in 1728. The new road was called North Street and remained so until 1936 when the London County Council renamed it Lord North Street after the 2nd Earl of Guilford, Lord North, who was Prime Minister from 1770-1782
The houses are of brown brick with tiled roofs. They have three storeys, basements and dormered mansards. The majority of houses are three windows wide except for No. 16 with four windows and No 4 with five. The front doors are panelled in wooden architrave cases flush set under segmental arches, but No. 14 has a ca.1800 reeded door surround and No. 19 a cornice hood on carved console brackets. The 4 over 4 glazed sashes are set flush with the facade, a few blind, under red brick segmental arches. The parapets have stone copings. The front area railings are original with urn finials and in some cases with scrollwork supports to link extinguishers. A number of the interiors have been altered but most retain substantial amounts of original panelling. The dog-leg staircases are largely intact with turned balusters and cut and carved strings up to the landing above the first floor continuing with closed string.
Lord North Street is considered the political heartland of British government. No fewer than two former Prime Ministers have lived in the street – Anthony Eden, at No 2 and Harold Wilson, at No. 5. Other notable past residents include Brendan Bracken – politician, newspaper proprietor and friend of Winston Churchill – and other politicians including Jonathan Aitken and Theresa Gorman. The society hostess Sibyl Colefax, co-founder (with John Fowler) of the Colefax & Fowler the wallpaper and fabrics company.
(credit Robert Sharp)
I was commissioned to match the colour of the paints in the Dining Room and Drawing Room at 16 Lord North Street.
This has been taken from Wikipedia and the sales particulars for No 4 Lord North Street produced by Hathaways.