London History

.’. Duke of Buckingham – cryptic namesake .’.


GEORGE VILLIERS, DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM’s – on the wall of York Place, next to Mc Donalds on the Strand, is a grimy little plaque commemorating the strange street’s original name, Of Alley.

The second Duke of Buckingham sold york House to developers in 1672, but made it a condition of the sale that his name and the title should be commemorated by George Street, Villiers Street,Duke Street, Of Alley and Buckingham Street (thus spelling out George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham).

The streets are still there, though Of Alley was renamed York Place and George Street is now York Buildings.

PS: London brings you all the little amazing secrets from the past if you look into it.


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