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Purchased for the royal family in 1761 by George III.
It became the official London residence of the monarchy in 1837 when Queen Victoria moved there. It was at its zenith shortly before the advent of railways, when Mrs. It has been said that she could make up nearly 200 beds there, and she lodged and boarded about three dozen of her guards and coachmen.
Its construction relieved Cheapside of the greater part of the heavy traffic.Formerly a swamp filled in and developed by Thomas Cubitt in 1825.The Wititterly's live near here ( Blackfriars Bridge (Map: D-8) - Bridge over the Thames built in the late 1700's, demolished in 1863 and rebuilt in 1899.It is referred to in Dickens' works as a well to do area of London. James's Palace; but it is not pretended that it is." ( The Borough (Map: F-10) - Area south of London bridge in Southwark.It was at the White Hart Inn, in the Borough, that Samuel Pickwick meets Sam Weller and Samuel Pickwick and Wardle catch up with Alfred Jingle and Rachael Wardle after their mad dash to be married ( British Museum (Map: B-5) - The collection was originally housed at Montagu House, Bloomsbury and opened in 1759 although public access was limited.
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