London Parks & Gardens Trust

A Walk through Islington

Mountfort Crescent

Mountfort Crescent

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Take the second turning into the Barnsbury Square, enter through the gate on the right and walk across the square to the gate opposite. Turn left and continue to Mountfort Crescent.


Mountfort Crescent was built in 1834-47 as part of the Bishop Estate and comprises pairs of bow-fronted villas set around a central garden. It occupies the ground of what used to be Reed Moatfield, in which was a moated site, so described in 1756. It is named after Mountfort House. The architect John Carr McLellan lived at No. 3 from 1883 to 1888. In 1928 the garden was described as a 'small area enclosed by light railings owned by freeholders of surrounding houses, who maintain the garden.' The garden is no longer railed and has several notable trees.