Category Books

Humphry Repton bicentenary year

The celebrated garden designer of Russell Square and Bloomsbury Square, Humphry Repton, died 200 years ago this year. He was in many ways the successor of Capability Brown and there special events celebrating  his work across the country. Two are taking place on our doorstep in Bloomsbury: Repton in Context – a  lecture series at […]

Bloomsbury bowling green

In the course of research for his forthcoming  book Three Men and a Field -– Bloomsbury North of Tavistock Place, the author discovered an interesting historical snippet. Near Judd St Open Space, created in the 1950s after Second World War bomb damage in the area, was a bowling green. It was tucked away behind the Boot […]

From Fields to Fountains -the story of Bloomsbury’s Russell Square

Local historian Ricci de Freitas has produced a splendid companion volume to his earlier book ‘Tales of Brunswick Square -Bloomsbury’s Untold Past‘. It documents the development of the area from open fields where robberies and murders were committed to the spacious streets and splendid garden squares where ‘polished society’ could feel at home. In a […]

Tales of Brunswick Square – Bloomsbury’s Untold Past

‘The neighbourhood of Brunswick Square is so very different from almost all the rest. We are so very airy!’ So said an early, fictional, resident of Brunswick Square in 1815, Isabella Knightley, the sister of Emma, the heroine of Jane Austen’s book of the same name. In his newly published book, Ricci de Freitas covers the […]