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No. 3 Great Piazza, Covent Garden, London

No. 3 Great Piazza, Covent Garden, London.
Home of Sir Thomas Orby, 1st Baronet, from 1677 to 1691. He died there 1691.


  
No. 3 Great Piazza was on the N side (NW side) of the Great Piazza, in a row of Nos. 1, 2 and 3 Great Piazza.
The row was an 8 bay arcaded building designed by Inigo Jones and built 1635-36.
No.1 had 2 bays. No.2 had 3 bays. No.3 had 3 bays.
No. 3 Great Piazza was the corner building at James Street. It had 3 bays facing the Piazza and a side on James Street.

The block of Nos. 1, 2 and 3 Great Piazza fell into disrepair. It was decided to replace them with a new building that would be similar to the old one.
Nos. 1, 2 and 3 Great Piazza were demolished in 1877.
The new building, Bedford Chambers, was then built 1877-79.
Bedford Chambers is similar to the old design by Inigo Jones (still arcade, still 8 bays) but on a bigger scale.
The occupant of Bedford Chambers is now Apple Store, Covent Garden (the biggest Apple store in the world).

  



Plan of Covent Garden about 1690.
N is approximately up. St.Paul's church is on W side (really SW).
The plan marks the house of Sir Thomas Orby, in the arcaded building on N side of the Piazza, at the corner of James St.
See full size. From here.



Covent Garden. View by Wenceslaus Hollar c.1658.
Shows Orby's house on N side of Piazza.
See full size. From here.



The Piazza in Covent Garden.
Engraved by Wenceslaus Hollar (died 1677).
Looking at St.Paul's church on W side.
Sir Thomas Orby, 1st Baronet, lived in the arcaded building on the far RHS here (the N side). Though his section of the building is just off the picture.
See full size. From here.



View of Covent Garden looking N, dated c.1720. Engraving pub 1731.
Sir Thomas Orby, 1st Baronet, lived in the arcaded building in the centre-left (to the left of James St).
See full size. From here.



Detail of above.
Sir Thomas Orby, 1st Baronet, lived in the 8 bay arcaded building here.
His house was the last 3 bays on the RHS.



Covent Garden c.1720.
Sir Thomas Orby, 1st Baronet, lived in the arcaded building in the centre-left here.
See full size. From here.



View of Covent Garden dated 1737.
Sir Thomas Orby, 1st Baronet, lived in the arcaded building on the far RHS here.
See full size. From the Tate.



Detail of above.
Sir Thomas Orby, 1st Baronet, lived in the 8 bay arcaded building here.
His house was the last 3 bays on the RHS.



A View of Covent Garden.
By Samuel Scott. Late 1750s.
For sale at Philip Mould and Company.
Shows the Orby house on the corner on the RHS.



Modern street view of the N side of the Piazza.
The building with the plaque is 43 King Street.
To its right, Bedford Chambers occupies the site of Nos. 1, 2 and 3 Great Piazza.



Former site of No. 3 Great Piazza, home of Sir Thomas Orby, 1st Baronet.
From street view of corner of Bedford Chambers with James St.



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