This beautiful listed
Georgian residence has
an illustrious history
synonymous with style
It was once the
home of Britain's first
Sir Robert Walpole,
and his youngest son,
The lives of Sir Robert and Horace Walpole spanned
the 18th Century during the reigns of the first
three Hanoverian Kings. London was undergoing
transformation, in an age that would become
renowned for the elegance of its architecture, the
wit of its men of letters, and the flourishing of the
arts and sciences.
The custom of the Grand Tour played a key role in
informing the tastes of the era, and immortalised
by the great artists of their day ‒ Thomas
Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, and Thomas Lawrence
among them ‒ the aristocracy enjoyed a life of
privilege and luxury.
The great Statesman Sir Robert Walpole was born in
1676 and died in 1745 in Arlington Street. Educated
at Eton and Kings College Cambridge, Walpole was
considered the first de facto British Prime Minister.
In 1732, George II made his favourite Minister a
personal gift of 10 Downing Street, which Walpole
insisted be left to the nation for the future use of
the First Lord of the Treasury – a title which is
still engraved on the brass letter box today.
Horace Walpole, born in Arlington Street, was
the most important English collector of the 18th
century and a prolific author. A bachelor aesthete,
trend-setter and eccentric, he is best remembered
as a man of letters, art collector and amateur
architect. Horace was an early champion of the
Gothic Revival style, exemplified by his home in
Twickenham, Strawberry Hill, the most celebrated
Gothic House in England.