City of Westminster in Greater London County, England, United Kingdom
Sir Robert Grosvenor
First Marquess of Westminster
1767 – 1845
“When we build, let us think we build forever” John Ruskin
The Grosvenor Family came to England with William the Conqueror and have held land in Cheshire since that time.
In the seventeenth century, Sir Thomas Grosvenor, Third Baronet, married Mary Davies, a London heiress. Her dowry was part of the Manor of Ebury –the land developed by their successors as Mayfair in the eighteenth century, followed by Belgravia and Pimlico in the nineteenth century.
In 1979, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor became the Sixth Duke of Westminster. He commissioned this statue in 1997.
The hounds on the monument are Talbot dogs, introduced to this country by the Normans as hunting dogs. Now extinct, they were the ancestral stock of the modern bloodhound.
Talbot dogs were added to the Grosvenor coat of arms in the seventeenth century. The gold wheatsheaf, known in heraldry as a ‘garb’, appeared on the coat of arms for the first time in 1398. ( back plaque )
Under the direction of Sir Robert Grosvenor, Thomas Cundy, the Grosvenor estate surveyor, presented the above layout to the Grosvenor board in 1825. From Sir Robert’s vision arose the elegant buildings,
The classical terraces of Belgrave Square were designed by George Basevi, architect to the Haldimand Syndicate. Most of the buildings were erected under the control of the great Victorian developer, Thomas Cubitt.
Location. 51° 30.023′ N, 0° 9.226′ W. Marker is in City of Westminster, England, in Greater London County. Marker is at the intersection of Wilton Cres and Grosvenor Cres, on the left when traveling south on Wilton Cres. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: City of Westminster, England SW1X 8RX, United Kingdom.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General Don Jose de San Martin (within shouting distance of this marker); Australian War Memorial (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); Royal Artillery Memorial (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Wellington Arch (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Felix Mendelssohn (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Machine Gun Corps Memorial (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); New Zealand War Memorial (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); The Memorial Gates (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in City of Westminster.
Also see . . . Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster on Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 2, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
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