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

Granby Street

 
 
Granby Street Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
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Erected by City of Norfolk.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1769.
 
Location. 36° 50.808′ N, 76° 17.532′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. It is in Downtown. Marker is on Granby Street north of Main Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norfolk.
 
John Manners, Marquess of Granby (1721-1770) image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
Granby Street Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Scott Rollins, June 23, 2009
3. Granby Street Marker
Granby Street image. Click for full size.
Photographed 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.
Photographed 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.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2023. It was originally submitted on July 28, 2009, by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,832 times since then and 183 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on July 28, 2009, by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia.   2. submitted on October 13, 2011, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA.   3. submitted on July 28, 2009, by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia.   4. submitted on June 8, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.   5. submitted on October 7, 2015.   6. submitted on June 8, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida.   7. submitted on October 7, 2015. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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