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Portman Square 1819

Which is esteemed next in beauty to Grosvenor Square, as it is in dimensions, consists of the largest and the best of mansions. The north-west angle is closed by the celebrated Mrs. Montague's residence, situated in a little park and lawn, shaded by numerous trees. The garden of the area is a mere wilderness of foliage and has a very pleasing effect, not a little improved by the moveable temple erected by the Turkish Ambassador, who, often enjoyed the air within it, surrounded by part of his train. It was the custom of the late amiable Mrs. Montague, annually to invite all the little chimney sweepers, who were regaled in her house and gardens with good and wholesome fare, "so that they might enjoy one happy day in the year." These festivities are now discontinued at Montague House, but the first of May is still a day of celebrity with the sooty gentry. This handsomely arranged square was began in 1764, and was nearly twenty years in completing.

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Bedford Square

Berkley Square

Bloomsbury Square

Cavendish Square

Fitzroy Square

Golden Square

Grosvenor Square

Hanover Square

St. James's Square

Leicester Square

Lincolns Inn Fields

Manchester Square

Queen Square

Russel Square

Soho Square

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