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Downshire House London home of Lord Pirrie

Belgrave Square, London

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Downshire House London home of Lord Pirrie

Downshire House is often cited as the place where in the summer of 1907, the Olympic & Titanic were conceived by Lord William Pirrie and J. Bruce Ismay.  At the time the house was the London residence of Harland & Wolff chairman Lord William James Pirrie.   An authoritative source for the oft-repeated claim is unknown.

The building is now home to the Spanish Embassy.

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  1. alan ward

    alan ward said:

    I was attracted by the name Downshire I have in my ownership an oak and steel bound plate chest with a brass plate attached reading Lady Downshire,4 charles street,london W1.I have googled charles street and it is off berkely square in mayfair london.any connection?

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2005) Downshire House London home of Lord Pirrie ( ref: #4914, published 28 November 2005, generated 20th November 2022 04:42:58 AM); URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/downshire-house.html