Mr A. O. Grobbelaar  MBChB  MMed(Plast)  FCS(SA)(Plast)  FRCS(Plast)

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Brief History of Harley Street

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The single greatest concentration of medical expertise anywhere in the world is located in the heart of London in Harley Street and its immediate environs. In this one small precinct there are over 1,400 specialist medical and dental consultants and practitioners, leading edge medical science and technology, proximity to some of the world's leading private hospitals and the full array of laboratory and ancillary support.

First rated in 1753, it was named after Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford, the ground landlord. Before the doctors moved in, in about 1845, it was a smart residential street. Kitty, Duchess of Wellington, lived at No. 11 from 1809-1840 when the Duke of Wellington was fighting in Portugal, and Sir William Beeachey was at No. 13 from 1804-1839.

Numbers 43 to 49 are occupied by Queen's College, an independent girls' public day school founded in 1848 by F. D. Maurice who also founded the working men's College. J. M. W. Turner lived at No. 64 in 1804-1808; Allan Ramsay, the portrait painter, at No. 67 from 1770-1780; Sir Charles Lyell, the geologist, at No. 73 from 1854-1875. Gladstone also lived at No. 73 in 1876.

No. 38 was the home in 1861 of the writer Barry Cornwall, the pseudonym of Bryan Waller Proctor who earned his living as a solicitor. His daughter was Adelaide Ann Proctor who wrote 'The Lost Chord'. Sir Arthur Wing Pinero lived at 115a in 1909-1934.

Sir John Herschel, the astronomer, had his residence at No 56 on the site now stands a block of flats, Goodwood Court.