Washington Road, SW13

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Commemorates the career of Sir Gerard Lowther, a Barnes landowner, who was a diplomat whose postings included Washington, towards the end of the 19thCentury. He was also an ambassador in Tokyo, Budapest and Chile before taking up post in Constantinople. He is known for distributing anti-Semitic texts during his time in Constantinople, playing a crucial role in the spread of Arab Anti-Semitism. TE Lawrence (of Arabia fame) called him a “dud”. The road itself was built in 1923. The area was originally part of the estate of William Lowther MP, 2nd Earl of Lonsdale, who inherited¬† the land in 1846 when his uncle Lord Lonsdale died. When Sir Gerard died in 1872 he passed it on to his second son also called Gerard.

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