To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, Portman Square Garden OPENED ITS gates for a seven day open air exhibition, exploring the people of marylebone’s response to the demands of war.


Much has been written about WW1 but what was its impact in Marylebone?

Using minute books from The Portman Estate and The Howard de Walden Estate, together with local newspapers and other sources, this website aims to provide snapshots of how people living and working in Marylebone responded to the demands of war.

The years after WW1 ushered in many changes that threatened the survival of landed Estates. As a result, both Viscount Portman and Lord Howard de Walden sold off large parts of their London Estates: Properties, mainly to the east and south of The Howard de Walden Estate were sold in the 1920s, while 75% death duties imposed on Viscount Portman in 1948 forced the sale of the northern half of The Portman Estate. The map (below) shows the Estates as they were in 1914.

Minute books from The Howard De Walden Estate and The Portman Estate.

Minute books from The Howard De Walden Estate and The Portman Estate.

The Portman Estate and The Howard de Walden Estate as they were in 1914.

The Portman Estate and The Howard de Walden Estate as they were in 1914.

Street party in Penfold Street (formerly Carlisle Street) to celebrate the end of the war in November 1918.

Street party in Penfold Street (formerly Carlisle Street) to celebrate the end of the war in November 1918.