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Brief description of site

This is a public square, originating in the late-17th century, occupying about 1 hectare. The square was redesigned in the early-19th century, and again in the later 20th century. The gardens, which are on level ground, are enclosed by cast-iron railings and are surrounded by the buildings of the Square, which are on a rectangular plan.

Brief history of site

The Bloomsbury Estate was developed in several phases, starting in the 1660s and continuing until the 1850s. The first phase involved the development of Bloomsbury Square and Great Russell Street. Bloomsbury Square was laid out in the early 1660s for Thomas Wriothesley, fourth Earl of Southampton, to the south of his house. In 1776 building agreements were granted for Bedford Square and a second phase in the development of the Bloomsbury Estate started, transforming the pasture fields into a planned estate.

Location information:

Address: Bloomsbury Square, Camden, London, WC1A 2RJ

Locality: Camden

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Camden; Bloomsbury

Historical County: Middlesex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 176 Grid Ref: TQ303816
Latitude: 51.5183 Longitude: -0.123443

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The park is open during daylight hours. Please telephone 020 7974 1693 for further details.

Key information:

Form of site: public square

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: After 1660

Main period of development: 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 1

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