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Alpha Rd, Regents Park


Notes: Houses long ago demolished, possibly in late 19th cent. for construction of Great Central Railway. A short length of Alpha Rd running SW from Park Rd towards the railway is still called Alpha Place.
Latitude: 51.5267, Longitude: -0.1656


Tatham's Garden, Alpha Road, at Evening - 1812
Tatham's Garden, Alpha Road, at Evening - 1812
by John Linnell (1792-1882).

Watercolour on cream wove paper.
Inscribed in ink 'Tatham's Garden' b.l., 'J Linnell 1812' bottom centre and 'Alpha Road' b.r.

The scene is in the garden or grounds of Linnell's friend Charles Heathcote Tatham's house, 34 Alpha Cottages, Alpha Road, Marylebone, London. Alpha Road ran between Park Road and Lisson Grove, to the west of Regent's Park. Houses on either side of it, designated Alpha Cottages, began to be built c. 1808 (the first year in which they were rated), in what had formerly been open fields. Charles Heathcote Tatham (1772-1842), at this period a flourishing architect with a practice in Queen Street, Mayfair, designed and built 34 Alpha Cottages for himself; but his house was no cottage in the ordinary sense. Marylebone Parish Rate Books (Marylebone Library, Archives Department) show that it had the highest rateable value in Alpha Road (120 p.a.; most of the other houses were rated below 50); street plans show 34 Alpha Cottages as a sizable detached house, set at an oblique angle to the road in large grounds (see R. Horwood, Plan of the Cities of London and Westminster, 3rd ed., 1813; Peter Potter, Map of the Parish of St. Marylebone, 2nd ed., c.1824).
It should be noted that some renumbering of Alpha Cottages took place between 1812 and 1826, in the course of the development of the road, and possibly because one or more of its semi-detached houses came under single ownership; rate books at the beginning of that period number Tatham's house first as 36, then as 35 and finally as 34. The street was styled Alpha Cottages until 1826, when it became known as Alpha Road.

[The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions 1982-84]


Matches 1 to 7 of 7

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Birth    Person ID 
1 Tatham, Augusta  07 Dec 1814Alpha Rd, Regents Park I1551
2 Tatham, Edmund  01 May 1822Alpha Rd, Regents Park I0800
3 Tatham, Georgiana  10 Mar 1820Alpha Rd, Regents Park I1552
4 Tatham, Harriet  22 Mar 1813Alpha Rd, Regents Park I1549
5 Tatham, Julia  24 May 1811Alpha Rd, Regents Park I0733
6 Tatham, Maria  14 Dec 1816Alpha Rd, Regents Park I1550
7 Tatham, Robert Bristow  30 May 1824Alpha Rd, Regents Park I0805


Matches 1 to 3 of 3

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Residence    Person ID 
1 Tatham, Charles Heathcote  abt 1812 - 1831Alpha Rd, Regents Park I0731
2 Tatham, Frederick  bef 1830Alpha Rd, Regents Park I0840
3 Tatham, Julia  - 1831Alpha Rd, Regents Park I0733