Heritage / History 

We are monitoring Grade 2 listed 

Forbes House as it is refurbished and 

restored over the coming months.  This 

is a historic building that is a part of 

Belgravia's heritage:

Notable Belgravia Houses 

Commencing with ......

Forbes House
Halkin Street


 

At our recent [most entertaining] evening with Julian [Lord] Fellowes, he enquired as to the origins of Forbes House which is situated opposite the Halkin Hotel

Image Credit Wikipedia

Forbes House was built in the early to mid-19th century and was originally called Mortimer House after Edward Harley, Earl of Oxford and Mortimer.

It was then named Forbes House after Bernard Forbes, 8th Earl of Granard. He was appointed Lord in waiting to Edward V11, Government Whip in the House of Lords, Assistant Postmaster General and Master of the Horse. He was also involved in Irish politics and a member of the Senate of the Irish Free State and had a distinguished military career. 

In 1909 Bernard Forbes married Beatrice Mills, daughter of Ogden Mills, a wealthy American businessman. Beatrice Mills was also known as a successful racehorse owner. Although Forbes House was his main residence, his family seat was Castleforbes, Co. Longford Ireland. And also had a residence at 73 Rue de Varenne, Paris.

Another prominent resident was Edward Douglas Pennant, 1st Lord Penrhyn, who bought the house in 1860, whose fortune came from slate quarries in Wales. The house was once used to depict an eastern European embassy in the Alfred Hitchcock film The Man Who Knew Too Much, starring Doris Day.


Forbes House became the HQ of the Society of Motor Manufacturers until 2010 when the 47 years lease was bought by by the Barclay Brothers for about 40m and has since  been offered for sale at a cool 150m.

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