(Photo: Colin Wing)
Brunswick Square was one of the gardens flanking the Foundling Hospital (now demolished), a charity set up in 1739 to cater for abandoned children. Work on the square began in 1795 and the gardens were originally laid out and railed in 1799. The grade II-listed square is named after Caroline of Brunswick, the Prince Regent's wife.
In Jane Austen's Emma
, Mr and Mrs John Knightley make their home in Brunswick Square, then on the edge of London, commending its healthiness: ‘Our part of London is so very superior to most others. The neighbourhood of Brunswick Square is very different from almost all the rest. We are so remarkably airy!’ Virginia Woolf is one of several famous former residents of the square.
The original houses surrounding the square have been replaced by the University School of Pharmacy and the Foundling Museum to the north, the Brunswick shopping centre to the west and International Hall (a university hall of residence) to the south. The children's charities, Coram and Coram's Fields, are off the square. Mecklenburgh Square is a similar square to the east, linked by a path.
The square's large old London plane tree is recognised as one of the Great Trees of London.
- Sunday 12:00–16:30
- Readings and music at intervals between 2pm and 4pm on Sunday afternoon, celebrating our connection with Jane Austen's Emma.
Self-guided walks around the Bloomsbury squares can be downloaded via the Association of Bloomsbury Squares and Gardens website: www.bloomsburysquares.org.uk. On both Saturday and Sunday, a guided walk around Bloomsbury for OGSW ticket-holders starts from Bedford Square at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. No booking required.
Free entry and 10% discount in the café for OGSW ticket holders to the Foundling Museum. The Foundling Museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, Britain's first home for abandoned children and London's first-ever public art gallery.
Professor Laurie Kaplan will talk about 'Emma Woodhouse and the Children at Brunswick Square', an exploration of the theme of foundlings in Jane Austen's novel Emma, in the Foundling Museum on Saturday 8 June at 11am. (Entry to talk with OGSW ticket.)
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Nearest postcode: WC1N 1AZ
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St George’s Gardens
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