John Roque’s map 1746 Grosvenor square

Ings’ dream of bagging up and displaying Sidmouth and Castlereagh’s heads seems like the nightmare scenario of a raving lunatic.  However, he was not alone in these feelings and they had been prevalent for some time.  Just look at this map by John Roque dating to 1746.  The aristocrats who lived in Grosvenor Square, just a stone’s throw from Tyburn Gallows, insisted on having private guard stables to protect them and a private water supply to keep them separate from London’s riff raff.

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