*Pargiter Court, Ingestre Place W1

*Originally known as St James’s Dwellings.

From the website of Soho Housing:

“Soho Housing was set up in the early 1970s by people living in Soho to improve local housing conditions and to ensure that its existing homes were not destroyed by redevelopment. They hoped that, by providing homes in the area at prices local residents could afford, the existing community could be retained and strengthened.

The first properties were purchased in 1977, consisting of the terrace of listed houses in Great Pulteney Street, together with the site at the rear in Bridle Lane, now called John Broadwood House. Since then we have purchased and improved several other blocks of flats to provide family homes, with some open space for the residents wherever possible, in Soho, Covent Garden, Bloomsbury, Farringdon, Queen’s Park and Victoria. Our largest property is Sandringham Flats in Charing Cross Road with 125 homes and 14 shops. We also have a sheltered housing scheme, Pargiter Court, for the elderly in Soho with 19 flats…”

From: Survey of London: Volumes 31 and 32, St James Westminster, Part 2. Originally published by London County Council, London (1963):

“St. James’s Dwellings, Ingestre Place

This block of industrial dwellings was erected by the St. James’s vestry in 1886–7 on the site of Nos. 3 and 4 Silver Place and Nos. 9, 10 and 11 Ingestre Place. The vestry financed the scheme out of funds mainly derived from the sale of the parish burial ground in Hampstead Road. The architect was H. H. Collins and the builder was Mark Gentry. The four-storey L-shaped building comprised twenty-three single-room tenements, twelve two-room tenements and a general wash-house and work-room. It has its main frontage to Ingestre Place, but the entrance and staircase, leading to open access galleries along the back, are at the extreme west end of the shorter frontage in Silver Place. Both elevations are in yellow stock brick with copious red brick and terra-cotta dressings, designed in an endeavour, according to The Builder, to make the architectural features ‘pleasing, but not ornate’ and ‘as homely in appearance as possible’. These features include wide pilaster-strips, cornices above ground and top storeys, and a parapet with sections of brick and terra-cotta alternating with sections of iron railings. Decorative iron guard-rails in front of each window were intended ‘to encourage a taste for window gardening’. The sanitary arrangements were all centrally placed around a small area off the access galleries on the back.”

From: Survey of London: Volumes 31 and 32, St James Westminster, Part 2. Originally published by London County Council, London (1963):

“…By 1688 Kendrick’s sixty-two-year lease had become vested in Thomas Pargiter of Thavies Inn, gentleman, who in that year obtained a reversionary lease of Millfield and Kirkham Close from Benjamin (now Sir Benjamin) Maddox for another eighteen years…John James of St. James’s, carpenter, and Abraham Bridell (Bridle) had a lease from John Pargiter (probably Thomas’s father) of land fronting Tyburn Road…”

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