Murder, treason and tea with the Krays – the fascinating history of London’s richest postcode

Murder, treason and tea with the Krays – the fascinating history of London’s richest postcode

It was reported in 2016 that Eaton Square was the most expensive place to live in Britain, and for almost 200 years it has been one of London’s most prestigious addresses. Owned by Hugh Grosvenor, the 28-year-old 7th Duke of Westminster (and the world’s richest man under 30), the land came into the family when his ancestor, Sir Thomas Grosvenor, married a 12-year-old girl called Mary Davis in 1677. Along with the child-bride came an area of marshland known as Five Fields – a place teeming with robbers, bandits and highwaymen.

The Westbourne river at Five Fields was crossed at the Bloody Bridge (roughly where Sloane Square Underground station is now; you can still see the conduit containing the…

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