Northumberland House was a large manor house situated just south of Aldgate in the mid 15th century, and the London home of the Earl of Northumberland. Constructed in 1455, for Henry Percy, the then Earl, by the late 16th century the house had all but been abandoned and used as one of London’s first bowling alleys, where tenements and cottages sprung up around it. In the early 17th century, the Earl Of Northampton began construction of a large mansion at the western end of Strand, and by the 1640’s the house was in the possession of the Northumberland family. Northumberland House, Strand, stood until 1874 when Northumberland Avenue was built.
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