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Press Release: WH Smith bookseller and statesman lived here

Mon 16 Dec 2013

William Henry Smith, who joined his father in the family bookselling company and was a notable politician under the Marquis of Salisbury, lived in this property.

As the "and Son" of the family firm (WH Smith & Son) he became a wealthy and well known political figure in his day rising to become First Sea Lord of the Admiralty from 1877-1880. He also acted as Secretary of War and leader of the Commons under Lord Salisbury and revolutionised the sale of newspapers and books by opening shops in railway stations.

The composers Gilbert and Sullivan are said to have lampooned him in their HMS Pinafore as the character Sir Joseph Porter. WH Smith lived in the Hyde Park Street house from 1825 to 1891. He was known in society as "Old Morality" because of his stiff and austere manner.

His London house, which is now marked with a blue plaque is divided into apartments and Marsh & Parsons is currently letting one of these at 1,850 per week. Split over the two tops floors of the Victorian building, the property boasts views over Hyde Park and offers three double bedrooms, two bathrooms and stunning reception space featuring a large eat-in kitchen.

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For further information please contact:

The Wriglesworth Consultancy,Julia Langsman / Neil Mackwood,0207 427 1441 / 0207 427 1400

Marsh & Parsons has been part of the London property scene since 1856. The sales and lettings agent has 15 offices situated in prime positions across central, west and south London. They have an intimate and extensive knowledge of the area.

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