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Leicester Square 1819

Which is still generally called "Leicester Fields," previous to the year 1658 was almost entirely unbuilt upon; but Leicester, the site of the late house of that name, is found in Faithorn's Plan. This house was founded by one of the Sydneys, Earl of Leicester, after the removal of that family from Sydney house, in the Old Bailey. This house was for a short time the residence of Elizabeth, daughter of James I., the titular queen of Bohemia, who, Feb. 13, 1661, here ended her unfortunate life. It was afterwards tenanted by Prince Eugene. It was, says Pennant, successively the pouting place of Princes: George II. when Prince of Wales, lived here several years after his quarrel with his Father. His son, Frederick, followed his example, succeeded him in this house, and here died. Since the commencement of the present reign, it has been occupied by private persons; it was at one time used by Sir Ashton Lever, as a Museum for the most astonishing collection of subjects of Natural History, ever collected in so short a time by one individual. The site of Leicester, is now occupied by the new buildings called Leicester Place. In the centre of the square, is a fine gilt equestrian statue of Geo. I. which originally stood in the Park at Canons, in Hertfordshire.

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Source: Leigh's New Picture of London. Printed for Samuel Leigh, 18, Strand;
by W. Clowes, Northumberland Court. 1819