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Memorial

Duke of Buckingham, George Villiers "of" Duke of Buckingham, George Villiers

Plaque: Duke of Buckingham, George Villiers "of"

Inscription

York Place, WC2, formerly Of Alley
City of Westminster

Site: Duke of Buckingham, George Villiers (1 memorial)

WC2, York Place

In 1672 the Duke of Buckingham sold his land north-east of where Charing Cross Station now stands, for development. It was common to name streets after the local landowner but this Duke, who had a way with words, wanted all 5 elements of his name commemorated, including the "of".

Londonist have a one minute video explaining how the new streets were named: Of Alley is now York Place; George Street is now York Buildings; Duke Street is now John Adam Street; but Villiers Street and Buckingham Street survive with their original names.

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This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Duke of Buckingham, George Villiers "of"

Information Subjects commemorated

George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham

Statesman and poet. Born at the family home Wallingford House (where the Old ...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Duke of Buckingham, George Villiers "of"

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Westminster City Council

Created in 1965 from the former area of the Metropolitan Boroughs of St Maryl...

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