A view of Millbank
Millbank was a quiet Thames-side road which ran from the city of Westminster to Chelsea. The name Millbank is derived from Westminster Abbey's old mill which was located on marshy ground at the end of the present day Great College Street. The area was described by Charles Dickens in 'David Copperfield' as "a melancholy waste" with weeds and dilapidated houses. It remained undeveloped until the 1820s when the village of Pimlico began to grow.