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preserving the past for the future
97-121 Lower Road
These properties were built on a site known as Home and Dry Close. They were named after Sidney Herbert, Lord Herbert of Lea, who ran the Pembroke estate in the absence of his brother, the 12th Earl, who had placed himself in exile following a series of disastrous relationships. Sidney was a close friend and confidant of Florence Nightingale and, together, they pioneered the reform of the War Office after the Crimean War.
Initially known as Sidney Terrace, the first eight houses (1-8) became known as Sidney Cottages when the remaining five cottages (9-13) were sold and renamed Albion Place. Later, when uniform street numbering was introduced, the properties were all numbered as part of Lower Road.
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