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[9 th S. X. OCT. 4, 1902.

too small. The houses and shops betwee Nos. 36 and 49 are likely to be demolishe within the next year or two, as most o the leases are running out. It is not ye stated what is to replace them, but th houses between Nos. 58 and 68 have bee already removed, and the land, which ha another frontage to Coburg Row, is still t let. On the ground between Nos. 14 and 28 the St. Stephen's Mission Hall (known a Pepys House, named after Lady Emily Pepys] and the Western Dispensary, some building for the Army and Navy Auxiliary Co operative Supply, in connexion with its othe premises in Coburg Row, are being rapidlj pushed forward, by which it will gain anothe frontage in a main street. In Grey Coa Place, occupying the site of some small shop property and the insanitary areas of Bonr Court and Brunswick Place, has been erectec a huge warehouse for the Army and Navj Co-operative Society, to replace premise' long held in Johnson's Place, Lupus Street It is an exceedingly fine building of grej granite and red brick with stone dressings plain, but nobly substantial, and admirabb adapted for the purpose in view. It was opened for business on 17 August, 1901 Closely adjacent is the entrance to tht south block of Artillery Mansions and its Hotel Pension. There is also some more vacant land, a portion of which was formerly covered by Mill's Buildings, the home oi numerous costermongers, &c., and a very ok beerhouse having the sign of "Lord Nelson,' I fear scarcely able to keep up the dignity of our great naval hero.

The land in Vauxhall Bridge Road at the corner of Blomburg (erroneously Bloomburg) nth r o et -'- stl11 unutll ized" when the note at b. in. 162 was written, is now covered by a pile of flats known as St. Augustine's Mansions but not as yet largely occupied, nor has the St. John's Parish Hall there alluded to come into existence; neither have the Ecclesiastical Commissioners succeeded in letting the land in Francis Street (this, by the way? iffo St. Margaret's parish) of which I spoke at 8>

I^'L 81 % 5 stl11 bein S a depository for the rubbish of the neighbourhood, and in man v respects a public nuisance. In Great Smith Street, a portion of which is also in the sSter parish tne offices of Queen Anne's BooSty have been occupied, as has also a build ing denominated Phillimore Chambers, 'lie work at the Church House is still going on, a further portion having lately been opened ; this occupies the site of the old library buildings which many years ago were erected for the use of the Westminster

Mechanics' Institute. Close by there are three blocks of buildings known as Westminster Mansions : the one at the corner of Great Peter Street has been inhabited for some little time, that at the corner of Wood Street is in part occupied, while that at the corner of Little Smith Street is still in the hands of the builders. It is intended that the two latter blocks shall be joined when the inter- vening houses Nos. 35, 37, and 39, Great Smith Street can be obtained. In Great Peter Street have been built some large engineering works, and a manufactory for Messrs. Bur- roughs & Watts, the well-known billiard-table makers, the latter being on the site of B. J. Hudson's old-established timber yard. A clergy house for St. Matthew's Church has taken the place of some disreputable licensed premises ; but this change is of a rather older date than the others spoken of. In Moreton Street, at the corner of Garden Street, a Home for Females has been built, some small shop and other property having been demolished to make way for it. At the corner of Great Smith Street and Orchard Street, upon a triangular plot of ground, is now being erected a building to be occupied by Messrs. Vacher & Co. as a printing office, while the equally well-known firm of Messrs. J. B. Nichols & Co. erected a year or two back their printing works on the other side of Orchard Street. Thus some of the print- ing trade established in Westminster still remains within its boundaries, which seems fitting, as only a few yards off was the house of William Caxton, at the sign of the " Rede Pale " in the Almonry, where many of his books first saw the light.

I think that the list here given of the hanges in this part of our city will be found to exhaust the subject. It is only by constant observation and making notes of what is joing on that one is able to keep abreast of

he ever- varying state of London and obtain

anything like a record of its changing aspect. Vlay I appeal to residents to note what is

oing on in the highways and byways around

hem 1 They will find an ever-growing fasci- nation in the work as they proceed, and the ultimate result will well repay the labour pent on it. Further, many hands make light svork, as what would be a labour for one can )e done easily where there is willing assist- ance and help. W. E. HARLAND-OXLEY. 02, The Almshouses, Rochester Row, S.W.


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