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Number unknown, Adam Street: Mr Beckett's house

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Unknown number Adam Street, Mr Beckett’s house

In a letter written by Garrick we know that Andrew Beckett, a bookseller in the Strand, took the north-east corner house of Adam Street. The exact location of this house is not clear as the building on the north-east corner of the Strand and Adam Street is far too small to have contained the ceilings which Adam designed for Mr Beckett. The house in question may have been number 11 Adam Street, which is the most north-easterly of the houses in that terrace.

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