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Norfolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Granby Street

 
 
Granby Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Scott Rollins, June 23, 2009
1. Granby Street Marker
Inscription. Granby Street was named in 1769 to honor Englishman John Manners (1721 – 1770), Marquess of Granby. The orig­i­nal street ran three blocks from Bute Street south to Town Back Creek, a semi-navigable stretch of marshland run­ning the length of today’s City Hall Avenue. Town Back Creek was a bar­rier to devel­op­ment in the north­ern por­tion of the Borough until a bridge was built in 1818 to span the creek at Granby. As it became more acces­si­ble, Granby Street was trans­formed into a res­i­den­tial area of stately homes.

The elec­tric street­car debuted in Norfolk in 1894, and neigh­bor­hoods were estab­lished along the route. Many Granby Street res­i­dents moved to the new sub­urb of Ghent, and busi­nesses of every kind replaced their former homes. By 1910, Granby Street sur­passed Main Street as Norfolk’s busiest shop­ping dis­trict. From 1976 to 1986 part of Granby was closed to vehic­u­lar traf­fic and renamed Granby Mall. Granby Street declined through the 1990s, but with the open­ing of Tidewater Community College and MacArthur Center it has been revi­tal­ized with res­i­dences, the­aters, and restaurants.
 
Erected by City of Norfolk.
 
Location. 36° 50.808′ N, 76° 17.532′ W.
John Manners, Marquess of Granby (1721-1770) image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 10, 2010
2. John Manners, Marquess of Granby (1721-1770)
Courtesy of the Director, National Army Museum, London Acquired with the assistance of the National Art Collection Fund.
Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker is on Granby Street north of Main Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Four Farthing or Town Point (within shouting distance of this marker); The Customhouse, 1859 (within shouting distance of this marker); Main Street (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Flood Protection for Downtown Norfolk (about 500 feet away); Monticello Hotel, 1898 (about 500 feet away); Margaret Douglass (about 500 feet away); The Cedar (about 600 feet away); Half Moone Fort, 1673 (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Norfolk.
 
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Granby Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Scott Rollins, June 23, 2009
3. Granby Street Marker
Granby Street image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, June 5, 2015
4. Granby Street
Granby Street 1868 image. Click for full size.
1868
5. Granby Street 1868
Granby Street 2015 image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, June 5, 2015
6. Granby Street 2015
Granby Street about 1910 image. Click for full size.
circa 1910
7. Granby Street about 1910
This is the same postcard view as on the marker.
 
 
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