1–2 Orme Square

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1–2 Orme Square, Bayswater, London, W2

1–2 Orme Square is a Grade II listed pair of houses in Orme Square, Bayswater, London, W2.[1]

The houses were built in the early-19th century and according to rate books No.1 was first occupied in 1826, along with No.3 to the east, followed by No.2 in 1827.[2]

There is an LCC plaque on number 1 to Sir Rowland Hill, (1795–1879), postal reformer, who lived there from 1839 to 1842, while he was introducing the penny post.[1][3]

No 2 was the home of George Lascelles, 7th Earl of Harewood, and his son, David Lascelles, 8th Earl of Harewood, who was born there. When the 7th Earl divorced his wife, Marion Stein, in 1967 the house passed to her for her lifetime. When she married Liberal politician Jeremy Thorpe, it became their London home until Marion's death in March 2014.


  1. ^ a b Historic England. "1 and 2 Orme Square W2 (1266260)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
  2. ^ Heritage statement, Westminster City Council. Accessed 6 June 2016
  3. ^ Hibbert, Christopher; Weinreb, Ben; Keay, John; Keay, Julia (9 September 2011). The London Encyclopaedia (3rd ed.). Pan Macmillan. p. 608. ISBN 978-0-230-73878-2.

Coordinates: 51°30′39″N 0°11′24″W / 51.510830°N 0.189970°W / 51.510830; -0.189970