(Strand, London) commences the precinct of an ancient mansion
which originally belonged to the bishops of Norwich. After passing
successively into the possession of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk,
the archbishops of York, and the Crown, it came to George Villiers,
Duke of Buckingham. The second Duke of Buckingham pulled down the
mansion and built the streets and alley called respectively “George”
(street), “Villiers” (street), “Duke” (street), “Of” (alley), and
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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