Gray's Inn, Holborn, (also known as Gray's Inn Gardens and The Walks), Holborn, England
Record Id: 1502
Site is open to the public. Opening may be limited, please check Visitor Information for any restrictions.
Brief description of site
The site of Gray's Inn probably dates from the 14th century. The present gardens (known as The Walks) were originally laid out by Sir Francis Bacon after 1598, and have been altered and developed to their present size from the 18th century onwards.
Brief history of site
In the mid-16th century the Inn consisted of a single court and a walled garden area to the north. A railed walk was laid out in an area of ground known as the Field by 1568. A committee, which included Francis Bacon, was set up in 1587 to decide what to do with the Field. Part of the field was enclosed with a brick wall in 1598, establishing several distinct areas. In 1608-1609 a Mount, with a pavilion, was made in the centre of the Upper Walks. Between 1609 and 1612 a bowling green was laid in the Low Garden, which was outside the north wall, and a kitchen garden was laid out in the north-east of the gardens. The layout was simplified in the late-18th century.
Address: Treasury Office, 8 South Square, London, WC1R 5ET
Greater London; Camden
Historical County: Middlesex
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Located between High Holborn and Theobalds Road, in Holborn. Nearest tube station - Chancery Lane (District line).
Opening contact details:
The gardens are open Monday-Friday 12-2.30pm (Walks).
Form of site: formal garden
Purpose of site: pleasure garden
Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces
Site first created: After 1534
Main period of development: 16th century
Survival: Part: standing remains
Site Size (Hectares): 2.21