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Inventory Site Record

Bartholomew Square (Islington)

Brief Description

Bartholomew Square is on land formerly belonging to St Bartholomew's Hospital, and replaced a square known as Old Street Square dating from c.1815. In 1894 the MPGA laid out an asphalted playground here. It has been renamed Bartholomew Square in recognition of the former connections of the site. The character of the area was all but obliterated in the 1970s by the GLC's rebuilding, which destroyed the whole pattern of the historic surroundings. Today the area is a hummocky grass patch bordered on three sides by low rise council blocks of Bartholomew Court and the St Luke's Estate. There are a few trees including horse chestnut and London plane and it is railed to Bartholomew Square.

Practical Information
Previous / Other name:
Old Street Square
Site location:
Bartholomew Square, near Old Street
Postcode:
EC1
What 3 Words:
icon.loser.scale
Type of site:
Public Gardens
Borough:
Islington
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
appears to be unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport:
Rail/Tube: Old Street (Northern). Bus: 43, 214, 55
Research updated:
01/04/2004
Last minor changes:
19/07/2023

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Full Site Description

Sources consulted:

Mary Cosh, The Squares of Islington Part I: Finsbury and Clerkenwell, London, 1990; Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 4: North (Penguin, 1998)

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ324824 (532425,182473)
Size in hectares:
Site ownership:
LB Islington
Site management:
Housing
Date(s):
c.1815; 1970s
Designer(s):
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:

Yes

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

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