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Leicester Square
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Leicester Square

Leicester Square. In 1631 Robert Sidney, 2nd Earl of Leicester, later British Ambassador to France (1636-41), obtained a licence to build his London residence here at a place then known as Lammas Land. The square, which takes its name from the Earl, was laid out in 1665, being called Leicester Fields and later Square, being converted to a public garden in 1874. Leicester House was built on the north side in 1637, pulled down in 1790, rebuilt in the early 19th century and destroyed by fire in 1865.

On early plans the station's name was shown as CRANBOURN STREET, but it opened as LEICESTER SQUARE on 15 December 1906.




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