Theobalds Road

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Theobalds Road
Benjamin Disraeli's birthplace on Theobalds Road is commemorated with a brown plaque

Theobalds Road is a road in the Holborn district of London. It is named after Theobalds Palace because King James I used this route when going between there and London, travelling with his court and baggage of some 200 carts. For this reason, it was also known as the King's Way which is now the name of the nearby road, Kingsway.

A tram tunnel was built under Kingsway in 1902–1906 which had its north-eastern entrance at Theobalds Road. When the tram network was closed in the 1950s, the Theobalds Road end was used as a flood control centre and movie location.[1]

The road's name is usually pronounced intuitively (/ˈθəbəldz/), but traditionally it was pronounced "Tibbalds" (/ˈtɪbəldz/).[2][3]

Notable residentsEdit


  1. ^ Andrew Duncan (2006), Secret London, p. 55, ISBN 9781845373054
  2. ^ Kate Burridge (2004), Blooming English, Cambridge University Press, p. 27, ISBN 9780521548328, one nice taxi driver put me right by politely pointing out that it was in fact pronounced 'Tibbalds' Road!
  3. ^ "Hidden London - Pronunciation". Hidden London. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
  4. ^ Avril Coleridge-Taylor (1979), The Heritage of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, p. 16, According to the Entry of Birth signed by JB Goodhugh, Registrar for the District of Holborn on 27 September 1875, Samuel Coleridge Taylor (the hyphenated form was adopted later in life) was born on 15 August 1875, at 15 Theobalds Road ...
  5. ^ Katy Carter (1982), London & The Famous, p. 53

Coordinates: 51°31′14″N 0°07′01″W / 51.52055°N 0.11704°W / 51.52055; -0.11704