Terraces at Lancaster Gate, Bayswater, by John Johnson (1807-1878)
Terraces at Lancaster Gate, Bayswater, London, by John Johnson (1807-1878)

Terraces at Lancaster Gate (corner view), designed by John Johnson. c.1867. Photograph and text by Jacqueline Banerjee, 2009. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL.]

Described as "stuccoed and richly ornamented in a blend of 'English Baroque and French Mannerism'" (qtd. in Elrington), these terraces still look very smart and elegant. Johnson only designed those flanking the square; the others were by Sancton Wood (1815-86) in 1857. The development as a whole has been called "the most ambitious and siuccessful architectural achievement in Bayswater" (Weinreb et al. 473). Among the famous literary figures known to have lived in Lancaster Gate are Lytton Stratchey, who lived here as a child, and Bret Harte, who lived here from 1895-1902.

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Elrington, C.R., ed. "Paddington: Bayswater." A History of the County of Middlesex. Vol. 9 (1989). Viewed 18 November 2009.

Weinreb, Ben et al. The London Encyclopaedia. 3rd ed. London: Macmillan, 2008.

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