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Baron's Court

Baron's Court

James Gunter, the developer of West Brompton fame, not only financed this splendid terrace that was `specially designed to suit the requirements of bachelor artists, with accommodation for a housekeeper on the lower floor’, he also financed all of the southern third of W14.

Between Talgarth Road and Lillie Road, the area has been named and renamed in its time but Barons Court seems to be catching on these days. Developed in the early 19th century, the road names here and in the neighbouring Earls Court estate reflect Gunter’s Welsh origins.  Gaps filled in by his grandson Robert have Yorkshire names alluding to his wife’s origin.

I like the fact that James’s father started as a confectioner and made his way up owning huege parts of South Kensigton, Earls Court, Baron’s Court and other areas.  More on the Gunter’s family fortunes here.

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