My other blog about Irish townlands has taken off as a proper project requiring me to be organised and accurate. So I find myself back on the Distant Drumlin blog in a frivolous mood. Ready for some random numbers?
Today is the 30th, so here is 30 Saint George Street.
Saint George Street is in Mayfair. Originally the street was called “George Street Hanover Square”, having been named after King George the First, who became king of Great Britain and Ireland in 1714 and was the first monarch of the House of Hanover. In the 20th century the name was changed to “St George Street”. I don’t think there was any ill-will towards the 18th century king, just a desire to sort out the confusion of duplicate street names, i.e. too many “George Streets”. Adding the “saint” to this one was an obvious option, because the most famous building on the street is St George’s Church.
My next number is 39. This one is very close to home. Devonshire Street runs across Harley Street on its way through Marylebone’s medical district.
On the subject of the number 39, here is a link back to my Indian days. The next photo shows a stall in London’s Drummond Street selling Indian vegetables. Front and centre is a box of moringa, also known as drumsticks. In April 2013 I bought moringa/drumsticks in Bangalore for 39 rupees per kilogram. How much would you pay in London in 2015? Ten times that price.
No wonder a company in Mumbai is exporting them to Britain, as there is clearly profit to be made in drumsticks. So how many did I buy? Absolutely none. I’m not a fan, as you may have seen already – click here to read my post from April 2013.
I spent too much time puzzling over the name change for Saint George Street. I think the name change was probably made by London County Council around 1939. The most useful website was this one: www.maps.thehunthouse.com