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Russell Square
Russell Square

Russell Square is a large garden square in Bloomsbury, London. It is near the University of London's main buildings and the British Museum. Russell Square tube station is nearby. In 2002 the square was re-landscaped in a style based on the original early 19th century layout by Humphry Repton (1752–1818), and the café in the square was redeveloped. The centrepiece of the new design is a fountain with jets playing directly from the pavement, which have become popular with children in the summer. Managed by London Borough of Camden the freehold of the square remains with the Bedford Estate. The square is now locked at night to prevent what London Borough of Camden described as "other undesirables", a cloaked reference to gay men, who used the area to cruise for sex. Russell Square taken by C Ford March 04. ... Russell Square taken by C Ford March 04. ... The Bloomsbury, a corner pub Bloomsbury is an area of central London, in the London Borough of Camden. ... London is the capital city of England and of the United Kingdom, and is the most populous city in the European Union. ... The University of London is a federation of colleges and institutes which together constitute one of the worlds largest universities. ... The centre of the museum was redeveloped in 2000 to become the Great Court, with a tessellated glass roof by Foster and Partners surrounding the original Reading Room. ... Russell Square is a London Underground station on Bernard Street, Bloomsbury, not far from the British Museum and Russell Square Gardens. ... Notable gardeners Luis Barragán Geoffrey Bawa Lancelot Capability Brown Charles de lÉcluse Esther Dean Charlie Dimmock A. J. Downing Ian Hamilton Finlay Bob Flowerdew Pippa Greenwood C. Z. Guest Robert Hart Michael Heseltine Hotsukimaru Derek Jarman Thomas Jefferson Gertrude Jekyll William Kent André Le Nôtre Peter Joseph... The Jet dEau fountain in Lake Geneva in Geneva A traditional fountain is an arrangement where water issues from a source (Latin fons), fills a basin of some kind, and is drained away. ... The London Borough of Camden is an inner-London borough created in 1965 to replace the metropolitan boroughs of Hampstead, Holborn, St Pancras. ... The London Borough of Camden is an inner-London borough created in 1965 to replace the metropolitan boroughs of Hampstead, Holborn, St Pancras. ... Homosexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by esthetic attraction, romantic love, or sexual desire exclusively for another of the same sex. ...


The square is named for the surname of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford, who developed the family's London landholdings in the 17th and 18th centuries, beginning with Covent Garden (Bedford Street). Russell Square was formed when new streets were laid out by the Duke on the site of the gardens of his former home Bedford House, their London seat. Other local street names relating to the Duke of Bedford include Bedford Square, Bedford Place, Bedford Avenue, Bedford Row and Bedford Way; Woburn Square and Woburn Place (from Woburn Abbey); Tavistock Square, Tavistock Place and Tavistock Street (Marquess of Tavistock), and Thornhaugh Street (after a subsidiary title Baron of Thornhaugh). The street lamps around this area carry the Bedford Arms. The titles of Earl or Duke of Bedford were created several times in the peerage of England. ... Covent Garden is a district in central London and within the easterly bounds of the City of Westminster. ... The titles of Earl or Duke of Bedford were created several times in the peerage of England. ... Bedford Square is a square in the Bloomsbury district of the London Borough of Camden in London, England. ... Woburn Square is the smallest of the Bloomsbury Squares and owned by the University of London. ... The layout of Woburn before partial demolition. ... Tavistock Square Tavistock Square is a square in Bloomsbury, London. ... The titles of Earl or Duke of Bedford were created several times in the peerage of England. ...

A plaque for George Williams in Russell Square.
A plaque for George Williams in Russell Square.

The square contained large terraced houses aimed mainly at upper middle class families. A number of the original houses survive, especially on the southern and western sides: those to the west are occupied by the University of London, and there is a blue plaque on one at the north west corner commemorating that T. S. Eliot worked there for many years when he was poetry editor of Faber & Faber. Thomas Lawrence had a studio at number 67 (1805–1830). On the eastern side the imposing Hotel Russell, built in 1898, dominates; sadly the sixties President Hotel is completely out of keeping. Other past residents include the famous 19th Century architectual partnership of father and son, Philip and Philip Charles Hardwick who lived at number 60. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1760x1168, 357 KB) Summary A plaque for George Williams in Russell Square. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1760x1168, 357 KB) Summary A plaque for George Williams in Russell Square. ... George Williams Sir George Williams (1821-1905), was the founder of the YMCA. Williams was born on October 11, 1821, on a farm in Dulverton, Somerset, England. ... The University of London is a federation of colleges and institutes which together constitute one of the worlds largest universities. ... A blue plaque showing information about The Spanish Barn at Torre Abbey in Torquay. ... T.S. Eliot (by E.O. Hoppe, 1919) Thomas Stearns Eliot, OM (September 26, 1888 – January 4, 1965) was an American-born British poet, dramatist, and literary critic, whose works, such as The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land, and Four Quartets, are considered defining achievements of... Faber and Faber is a celebrated publishing house in the UK, notable in particular for publishing the poetry of T. S. Eliot. ... Alexander MacKenzie painted by Thomas Lawrence (c. ...


Russell Square today

The "London Social Centre" [1], a squatting action by anarchists in Russell Square.
The "London Social Centre" [1], a squatting action by anarchists in Russell Square.

The square recently became the focus of local and touristic interest since the bombings of 7 July 2005. One of the bombings was on a London Underground train from King's Cross St Pancras tube station to Russell Square tube station, and another was on a bus on Tavistock Square, in proximity to Russell Square. There is now a memorial south of the cafe located in the square dedicated to those who lost their lives in the bombings. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1168x1760, 575 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Russell Square Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create or digitize it. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1168x1760, 575 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Russell Square Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create or digitize it. ... The Chien Rouge in Lausanne, a squat held in the old hospital. ... Anarchism is the name for both a political philosophy and political movement, derived from the Greek αναρχία (without archons or without rulers). Thus anarchism, in its most general meaning, is the belief that all forms of domination, coersion, and rulership are undesirable and should be abolished. ... The 7 July 2005 London bombings were a series of coordinated bomb blasts that struck Londons public transport system during the morning rush hour. ... July 7 is the 188th day of the year (189th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 177 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The nickname the Tube comes from the circular tube-like tunnels through which the small-profile trains travel. ... Kings Cross St. ... Russell Square is a London Underground station on Bernard Street, Bloomsbury, not far from the British Museum and Russell Square Gardens. ... Tavistock Square Tavistock Square is a square in Bloomsbury, London. ...


See also

Other squares of the Bedford Estate in Bloomsbury included:


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Russell Square - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (516 words)
Russell Square is a large garden square in Bloomsbury, London.
In 2002 the square was re-landscaped in a style based on the original early 19th century layout by Humphry Repton (1752–1818), and the café in the square was redeveloped.
The square is named for the surname of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford, who developed the family's London landholdings in the 17th and 18th centuries, beginning with Covent Garden (Bedford Street).
Russell Square tube station - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (158 words)
Russell Square is a London Underground station on Bernard Street, Bloomsbury, not far from the British Museum and Russell Square Gardens.
Opened on 15 December 1906, the station is located in Travelcard Zone 1, and is between Holborn and King's Cross St Pancras on the Piccadilly Line.
On 7 July 2005 in a co-ordinated bomb attack, an explosion in a train travelling between King's Cross St. Pancras and Russell Square resulted in the deaths of 26 people.
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