The PM's Street


The PM's Street

Named after Cromwell's Scoutmaster General - Sir George Downing

Location: Downing Street, SW1

Description: As we all know, this is quite a famous street, and the Prime Minister is certain to say it's because of the government and England's parliament...but that would be just wrong!

In fact this street is named after a Scoutmaster General (basically a director of military intelligence) of Oliver Cromwell's army.

Sir George Downing was a diplomat, spy and turncoat - dubbed as the 'perfidious rogue' and 'ungrateful villain' - even his own mother disliked him. He was Cromwell's Ambassador at the Hague and from 1670 secretary to the Treasury, and it seems...not a nice man!

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The PM's Street

Named after Cromwell's Scoutmaster General - Sir George Downing

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Credits: Judy Lloyd

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The River Lea Coppermill», 6.0km

Milestone Hotel», 2.5km

The Old Dispensary», 6.2km

Highgate Hill's Memorial Story», 4.3km

Site of Lord Byrons famous duel», 0.4km

Alleyn's School», 3.8km

The Walthamstow Windmill», 8.9km

A Monastery and a Bard», 1.1km

Speaker's Corner...», 1.7km

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