(Friday) 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Starts outside The Building Centre
Store Street, WC1E 7BT
This walk will be led by Sylvia McNamara, chair of Camden Tour Guides Association and accredited Camden and City of London guide. Living in Kentish Town, Sylvia is a passionate
This walk will be led by Sylvia McNamara, chair of Camden Tour Guides Association and accredited Camden and City of London guide. Living in Kentish Town, Sylvia is a passionate enthusiast of Camden and loves the history of Bloomsbury.
The walk revists the Squares that were originally laid out in the 17th and 18th centuries. The first – Bloomsbury Square itself – by the Earl of Southampton in the 1660s! These squares were always intended to serve as a greening purpose – they were halfway between parks and gardens, and are unique to England. Still today, thanks to the continued upkeep, the reaction of most people as the enter the square is to take deep breath. Each one has it’s own characteristics, and each has had interesting residents living in the surrounding houses.
We will meet some of the following characters on our walk:
-Gordon Square: Noor Inyat Khan
-Bedford Square: Jessie Reid and Louisa Garrett Anderson,
-Russell Square: the Pankhursts
-Bloomsbury Square: Dido Belle
-Tavistock Square: Virginia Woolf and Louisa Aldrich-Blake
FREE – Just turn Up
This event is part of the Festival Opening Event The Store Street Global Garden Party.