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Brief description of site

Russell Square is a public square of about 2.5 hectares, with lawns, walks and an ornamental fountain.

Brief history of site

Russell Square was originally designed by Humphry Repton in the early 19th century, with lawns, walks and trees. Major changes were made to the square in 1959-1960 by the Borough of Holborn. The site was re-landscaped in 2002, loosely based on the original scheme by Repton, with the addition of a modern fountain.

Location information:

Address: Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 4JA

Locality: London

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Camden; Bloomsbury

Historical County: Middlesex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 176 Grid Ref: TQ301819
Latitude: 51.521 Longitude: -0.126214


Russell Square tube station

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is a municipal site, open daily from 7.30am to 10pm.

Visitor information:

WCs. Refreshments

Key information:

Form of site: public square

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: recreational

Site first created: 1806

Main period of development: Early 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 2.5

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