64, 65 & 67 New Bond Street

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The entire elevation to 64-70 New Bond Street. Source: Great Portland Estates

65 & 67 New Bond Street (in fact the entire block nos 65-72) has been razed to the ground. The block’s original facade will apparently be restored after Crossrail is finished.

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67 New Bond Street. Source: Google

I did not notice No 67 had a passageway with an exquisitely decorated ceiling. (This can be seen in the centre of the picture above.) This was fronted by gates with fancy ironwork. I hardly noticed the architecture along here for I always quickly walked down Bond Street – it was just too classy for me and only recently begun taking more notice of the buildings’ design.

According to GLS architects, No 67 had recently been refurbished with new floors and lifts!

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Here are some views of the gated entrance & remains of the passage. Pics from  Oct 2016/Feb 2017.

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No 67 was originally Johnstone and Jeanes’ a noted furniture store who later became Norman and Co.

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The passageway was quite substantial one and assuming from the pictures I took by this time most of it had been taken apart for storage (if it is to be reused at all) leaving just the first few yards extant.

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The hoardings indicate the passage has been truncated.

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The entrance to 67 New Bond Street on 23rd October 2016

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The same view on 6 February 2017 – the gates and passage are no-more.

GLS Architects have a nice drawing on Pinterest depicting the frontage to No 67 New Bond Street.

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No 65 was at one time Bentley and Skinner the Royal Jewellers who have now moved to Piccadilly. Most recently it was a branch of Calvin Klein. At the time of writing just part of No 65 remained, including the top of the doorway with its number.

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65’s number can just be seen over the top of the hoarding surrounding the site.

The one building that remains, No 64 New Bond Street, is a relative newcomer and a tight fit among the other buildings. It was built on the site of a quite small 19th Century building. Betty Elzea points out (in her comments below) the older building was designed by Robert William Edis as referenced here (and as the next photo down shows.)

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Nearby Fenwick’s has just celebrated its 125th year in New Bond Street. On its website is a postcard showing 64 to 72. The old building at No. 64 can be seen.  I show a crop from that below and it clearly shows why the present 64 is such a tightly squeezed in building!

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Apparently the facades of nos 65 to 71 New Bond Street will be restored once Crossrail is completed. New buildings with increased access points and public squares will be built behind the restored facades along with offices and residential units. A huge air shaft for Crossrail exists but will be suitably disguised to blend in with the surroundings.

I’m not sure if the splendid Medici Court passage at No 67 will be restored but considering the length of time this has stood before being taken apart, it seems somewhat likely.

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10 thoughts on “64, 65 & 67 New Bond Street

  1. Have you allowed for the renumbering of New Bond Street early in the nineteenth century?

    1. I’m not sure the renumbering you mention affects what has been written as I refer to the mid 19th Century. The Clarendon Hotel, pulled down in the 1870’s, did cause some other renumbering alas I dont know where the hotel was – its not marked on any of the 19th C maps I’ve seen eg at Mapco – to know if did in any way affect the numbers in question.

  2. Robert Kennett was in No 67 as was. By 1798 those premises had passed to Harry Phillips the Auctioneer: “Unique Collection of Drawings & Prints. A Catalogue of All the Great and Valuable Collection of Ancient Drawings, Scarce Prints, and Books of Prints, which Belonged to Sir Joshua Reynolds, …. Which … Will be Sold by Auction by Mr. H. Phillips, at His Great Room, 67, New Bond Street, on Monday, March 5, 1798”. Those premises became, on renumbering, No 73 from which Harry continued trading.

    1. Thanks for this. I’ll remove the reference to Kennett as its no longer relevant even though the former location’s adjacent to the block in question (eg nos 64 to 72.)

  3. Your reference to Kennett sent me on a hunt:
    In 1790, No 67 Bond Street was transferred from the estate of JK Sherwin to R Kennett who by trade was a furniture upholsterer. However he, Kennett, announced a sale of “Engraved copper-plates, paintings, drawings, and prints. A catalogue of the valuable works and property of the late celebrated and ingenious artist, Mr. J.K. Sherwin, deceased : historical engraver to His Majesty; comprising forty-eight copper-plates, with the impressions, together with his collection of capital paintings … Which will be sold by auction, by Mr. Kennett, on Tuesday, the 9th of November, 1790, and following day, on the premises, no. 67, New Bond Street”. By 1801 Kennett had left Bond Street but to no great avail : 1801, Jan. 27— Kennet Robert, upholsterer, late of Queen Charlotte row, Maryle- bone. [Scott and Co. Poultry] cert [bankrupt]. May 12, 01; div. Feb. I, 04. Later on there was a reference to Kennett, R. formerly of New Bond street, Upholsterer Now of Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Tooth-ache-curer. (Duff Thavies Inn].

    On Thursday, February 16, 1809 the House of Parliament having resolved itself. into a committee, Lord, Folkstone rose and said,” before he produced the papers which he had procured, relative to the fresh charge against his Royal Highness [The Duke of York], he thought it would be but right to state the purport of them to the house, that they might be. the better understood when they should come to be read. In. the year 1804, a negociation (sic) was set on foot for the purpose of raising seventy or eighty thousand pounds for the use of his Royal Highness, by the way of annuity… In this business a man of the name of Kennett was employed as agent, and at the time he was so employed, he had been twice a bankrupt. This matter went on for some time, and during this period there was also a concurrent negociation going forward for the purpose of procuring some place for this Mr. Kennett, in the course . which the Duke of York applied for various situations for him, and great influence was exerted in his ~favour. It would appear by a letter from Kennett , that the raising the money for his Royal Highness depended on the procurement of a situation for him (Kennett)”. Kennett himself was executed for forgery at Newgate Prison in 1813.

    1. Fascinating. I never thought there would be anymore to Kennett than just owning the shop at 67 New Bond St. Clearly one shouldnt take advantage of the Duke of York! You mentioned Newgate prison where Kennett was executed – today I was looking at two postcards in my collection dated October 1903 discussing Christ’s Hospital and Newgate prison, both of which were pulled down in 1902. Yes there were a lot of bankrupts in those days as I notice from the various publications that can be found via Google books, some managed to be bankrupt several times over. A friend of my Dad’s ran a bankrupt store and his assertion was ‘It’s good to be a bankrupt.’ I expect the fraud Kennett undertook was his going for gold 🙂

  4. Did you not know that 64 New Bond street, at the corner, seen in your street photo above, was designed by Robert W. Edis (1839-1927), a notable Aesthetic architect and colonel in the Artists Rifles. I don’t know the date of the building, but it shows the gallery of George Donaldson (1845-1925) an art collector, dealer, and philanthropist. He was involved with several International and London exhibitions from 1867 to 1900, and gave his collection of historical musical instruments to the Royal College of Music. He was knighted in 1904. It was quite an extraordinary building in my opinion, and deserves to be better known. I am hoping to illustrate it in my forthcoming biography of the artist Frederick Sandys (1829-1904). I have located a Bedford Lemere photograph of the Edis building.

  5. Do you happen to know when the Edis building at 64 New Bond Street was demolished?

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