Category Archives: Subj_Squares

Kensington Square

Above: The private garden in the centre of Kensington Square. One of the oldest squares in London, it dates from 1665 and became a popular place for a residence after the arrival of William III and Mary II at Kensington … Continue reading

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Fitzroy Square

Above: Looking west along the south side of Fitzroy Square. The name Fitzroy is linked to the ancient Manor of Tottenham Court which was owned about 1800 by the Dukes of Grafton, whose family name was Fitzroy. Grafton Way, running … Continue reading

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Bedford Square

Above: Looking across the large garden in the square at houses on the south side. The square was laid out between 1775 and 1783 as an upper-middle-class residential area. It takes its name from the main title of the Russell … Continue reading

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Russell Square

Above: Looking across Russell Square early in the year, before the foliage on the trees obscures the view. The large terra-cotta building on the right is Hotel Russell. Russell Square and Great Russell Street derive their name from Lord William … Continue reading

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Bloomsbury Square

Above: View from the southern side of Bloomsbury Square, looking north. One of the fine squares of Bloomsbury, it was laid out in 1661 and was at first known as Southampton Square, after the developer, Thomas Wriothesley, the Earl of … Continue reading

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Mitre Square

Above: Looking into Mitre Square from the NW end, with the cafe on the right. Until a few years ago, the almost unanimous verdict of anyone who ventured into Mitre Square was that it was ‘Dim and dingy’. Of course, … Continue reading

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Aldgate Square

Above: Looking NW across the new Aldgate Square. Until 2016 you would not have found ‘Aldgate Square’ on a map of the City. Now it is a place of calm and tranquillity. If you happen to know the busy streets … Continue reading

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