In 1664 Henry Jermyn, Earl of St. Albans and former Ambassador to Paris and The Hague obtained a grant of Crown land from Charles II to develop a residential neighbourhood in the area known as St James’s Field.
St. James’s Square was the first development undertaken by Henry Jermyn. Near to St. James’s Palace it was also to be surrounded by approximately fourteen grand houses.
The newly completed area became a very sort after address. By the time Henry Jermyn died he had become regarded as the true founder of London’s West End.
In its early days Jermyn Street was more residential than commercial. It was a scene of houses, hotels, taverns and schools, which was dominated by the beautiful Church of St. James’s designed by Sir Christopher Wren.
Over the years Jermyn Street’s distinguished residents have included the likes of Sir William Stanley; Sir John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough; Sir Isaac Newton; William Pitt; Sir Walter Scott; the poet Thomas Gray; William Gladstone; and W. M. Thakeray. It remains the best street in the world for shirting.
With a 300 year history, and inevitably a few changes in its architecture, Jermyn Street has atmosphere and men’s fashion that insures a quintessentially British experience, and clothes that are regularly worn by royalty, aristocracy, world leaders and celebrities.
Follow James at: www.twitter.com/MrJamesField