Named after the solicitors, Fladgate & Co who acted in the development of the Wallwood Estate, which was developed in the last decade of the 19thCentury. The long-established legal firm was set up by a young lawyer called George Stubbs in Suffolk Street, Charing Cross. In 1835 he was joined by William Mark Fladgate, quickly becoming a partner. The company represented many of the great families of the landed aristocracy and their trustees. Fladgate’s clients also included important businessmen and politicians such as Sir Winston Churchill and Anthony Eden. One of the oldest and most famous connections came in 1862, with an instruction from Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, to help set up the Smithsonian Institution. Fladgate represented the Great Exhibition of 1851, Charing Cross Hospital and a number of well-known utilities and banks, including Drummonds (later part of Royal Bank of Scotland), which Fladgate set up in the late 1700s. There were also some notable corporate clients, such as The Savoy Hotel Group. The street was first occupied 1895-1901, and made up between 1902-03.
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