A major structural overhaul of ten Downing Street -- and also of numbers 11 and 12 -- is recommended in a report to the Prime Minister.
A major structural overhaul of ten Downing Street -- and also of numbers 11 and 12 -- is recommended in a report to the Prime Minister. The cost -- about four hundred thousand pounds. The condition of the three houses, the report says, is "disturbing". There's no guarantee that walls might not collapse and there's a danger of fire. Downing Street....as it once was. Someone writing 200 years ago described it as a pretty open place, with houses "fit for persons of honour and quality."
Sir Robert Walpole was the first Prime Minister to move into number 10. He lived there as First Lord of the Treasury -- officially there wasn't such a title as Prime Minister until 1905. About its worth as a desirable residence, our Prime Ministers have had many views. Sir Winston Churchill once said Downing Street consisted of houses, "old, khaky, and lightly built by the profiteering contractor whose name they bear."
But the garden out at the back has witnessed many historical gatherings. Now the house itself is going to need some very extensive repairs.