Before 1820, Belgrave Square was a rural farming area between the city of London and the neartby village of Knightsbridge. Considered a swamp and a haven for dog-fighters, the land was developed by the landowners in collaboration with the high and mighty Grosvenor family to create an expansion of London. The project was completed in 1825.
The corners of this ten-acre square correspond with the four points of the compass. The largely uniform houses that line the square have been occupied by many notable English people, including ambassadors, politicians, and perhaps most famously Queen Victoria's mother, the Duchess of Kent. I bet bin day was fun. "Hello Duchess! My, that's a lot of bottles for recycling!"