Bloomsbury Square, Camden, England
Record Id: 452
Site is open to the public. Opening may be limited, please check Visitor Information for any restrictions.
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.
Address: Bloomsbury Square, Camden, London, WC1A 2RJ
Greater London; Camden; Bloomsbury
Historical County: Middlesex
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Opening contact details:
The park is open during daylight hours. Please telephone 020 7974 1693 for further details.
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
Site Size (Hectares): 1