Torrington Square

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View of Torrington Square.
Armillary sphere sundial outside Birkbeck College in Torrington Square, unveiled on 12 June 2008 by Princess Anne to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the University of London External System.

Torrington Square is a square in Bloomsbury, owned by the University of London, located in central London, England.[1] Today it is a square in name only, most of the houses having been demolished by the university. The southern end of the square is dominated by the University of London's Senate House. Birkbeck College and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) are located here. To the southwest is Malet Street and to the southeast is Russell Square. The square is the site of a weekly farmers' market, held on Thursdays.[2]

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John Desmond Bernal lived in a flat at the top of no. 22. In November 1950, Pablo Picasso, a fellow communist, en route to a Soviet-sponsored[3] World Peace Congress in Sheffield created a mural in Bernal's flat.[4] In 2007, this became part of the Wellcome Trust's collection[5][6] for £250,000. It was displayed at the 2012 Tate Britain exhibition on Picasso and Modern British Art.[7]

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Other squares on the Bedford Estate in Bloomsbury included:

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Coordinates: 51°31′19″N 0°07′50″W / 51.52201°N 0.13050°W / 51.52201; -0.13050