House of St Barnabas

House of St Barnabas

Built in the 1740s and a great example of Georgian Housing, this building in Soho Square has been a charity helping homeless women since 1863.

Before then, rather bizarrely, it was the offices of ‘Westminster Commissioner for Works for Sewers’ (which later became the catchier Metropolitan Board of Works) and the office from which Joseph Bazalgette planned the 86 miles of sewers and 120 miles of drainage that’s still used today.

A nice feature to spot is the ‘penny chute’ incorporated into the railings, so passers-by could (and still can) offer donations to the charity.

House of St Barnabas

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