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Inventory Site Record

Vernon Square (Islington)

Brief Description

A small area beside the main road, Vernon Square was laid out as a garden in the late 1950s. Already part of an enclosure leased by the New River Company to Finsbury Borough Council, in 1957 the MPGA negotiated that the site be provided as a public garden. It opened to the public in 1960, a paved area with some seating, with short flights of steps from Vernon Rise and the main road, shrub beds at the corners, and trees along the main road boundary and across the centre of the garden. Re-landscaping has taken place and the garden is now enclosed by railings.

Practical Information
Site location:
Vernon Rise, Finsbury
Postcode:
WC1
What 3 Words:
logs.firmly.trial
Type of site:
Public Gardens
Borough:
Islington
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport:
Tube: Angel (Northern), King's Cross (Northern, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City; Circle, Victoria, Piccadilly). Bus: 30, 73, 214
Research updated:
01/09/2013
Last minor changes:
19/07/2023

Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.islington.gov.uk/parks

Full Site Description

Much of the land in this area was within the Clerkenwell estate of the New River Company, which had its headquarters at New River Head (q.v.). Vernon Square was on part of an enclosure the Company let to Finsbury Borough Council for a public convenience. It was described in the Schedule to the London Squares Preservation Act 1931 as 'an enclosure bounded on the north-east and south-east by the roadway of Vernon Square, on the south by Vernon Street and on the north-west by Penton Place'.

Sources consulted:

Joyce Bellamy notes; Report of the Royal Commission on London Squares, 1928.

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ308829 (530817,182900)
Size in hectares:
0.05
Site ownership:
LB Islington
Site management:
Greenspace
Date(s):
1957-60
Designer(s):
Borough Council/MPGA
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:
Yes
Conservation Area name:
New River
Tree Preservation Order:
No
Nature Conservation Area:
No
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
No
Special Policy Area:
No
Other LA designation:
Local/strategic view corridor

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