Inventory Site Record

Monkwell Square

Monkwell Square (City of London)

Brief Description

Monkwell Square was formed post WWII on the site of Monkwell Street, the name probably derived from a medieval family called Muchewella. The central space was originally laid out formally with grass, shaped beds and a series of circular planters, paving and seating. In the 1980s, the 1960s Lee House was replaced by Alban Gate designed by Terry Farrell Partnership and the square was re-designed, much reduced in size. The square is overlooked by residential accommodation on two sides and by the Barber Surgeons' Hall to the east. The landscape design has a central raised area with balustrades, an obelisk and planting in each corner.

Practical Information
Site location:
Monkwell Square/Wood Street
Postcode:
EC2Y 5BL
Type of site:
Public Gardens
Borough:
City of London
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport:
Tube: Barbican (Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City). Rail: Barbican. Bus: 56, 100

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/05/2010
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/openspaces

Full Site Description

Monkwell Square was originally formed post World War II on the site of Monkwell Street and a photograph of the late1960s shows a formal layout with grass, shaped beds and a series of circular planters, with an area of hexagonal paving slabs and raised hexagonal elements to form seating. The name probably derived from a medieval family called Muchewella. In the 1980s, the 1960s Lee House office building that had been erected during the redevelopment of London Wall, was replaced by Alban Gate designed by Terry Farrell Partnership. Alban Gate was named after the nearby Wren church of St Alban in Wood Street. The square was redesigned, much reduced in size, and has residential accommodation overlooking the two sides of the square, which is also overlooked by the Barber Surgeons' Hall whose garden (q.v.) lies to the east. Farrell's design has a central raised area with balustrades, an obelisk and planted areas in each corner.

Sources consulted:

Simon Bradley & Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England, London 1: The City of London', 1997 (1999 ed.)

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ323816 (532330,181620)
Size in hectares:
0.058
Site ownership:
private
Site management:
City of London Corporation Open Spaces Dept.
Date(s):
Post-war; 1980s
Designer(s):
Terry Farrell
Listed structures:
None
On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

No
Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:

No
Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:

No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No
In Conservation Area:
No
Tree Preservation Order:
No
Nature Conservation Area:
No
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
No
Special Policy Area:
No
Other LA designation:
None
Photos

Monkwell Square

Monkwell Square, May 2010. Photo: S Williams

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