Pauline • Link
A mansion on the s. side of the Strand east of the modern Charing Cross Station, with grounds running down to the river. Granted to the archbishops of York by Mary Tudor in exchange for Suffolk House, Southwark, and later leased to a succession of Lord Keepers of the Great Seal. Obtained from James I by George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham and sold by his son in 1672 to a syndicate which pulled it down and built streets on the site of the house and grounds. They were named Villiers St, Duke St, Of St and Buckingham St. Only the the watergate remains of the original house. Pepys and Hewer lived in York Buildings from 1679. View by Hollar in PL2972/237b.
Is Of St still there?
James • Link
The street was called "Of Alley" but was renamed subsequently. It is remembered in the signs at each end, which say "York Place, formerly Of Alley".
Here's a picture of the Water Gate from York House.
Ruben • Link
A collection of old York House and Buildings. Drawings from the City of London site. Previous and contemporary including Pepys library in London (before it moved to Magdalene College)
York House belonged to the See of York till James I.'s time, when Toby Matthews exchanged it with the Crown. Chancellors Egerton and Bacon resided there, after which it was granted to Villiers, Duke of Buckingham. Subsequently to the Restoration, his son occupied the house some years, and disposing of the premises, they were converted into the streets still bearing his names, and the general appellation of York Buildings.—See Handbook of London, ubi plura.
---Diary and correspondence of Samuel Pepys, the diary deciphered by J. Smith. 1854.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.