Brunswick Square

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Coordinates: 51°31′27″N 0°7′21″W / 51.52417°N 0.12250°W / 51.52417; -0.12250

Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury
Brunswick Square

Brunswick Square is a public garden in Bloomsbury, in the London Borough of Camden. It is overlooked by the School of Pharmacy and the Foundling Museum to the north and the Brunswick Centre to the west. South of it lies International Hall (a hall of residence of the University of London), and on its west side are the two separate but related children's charities, Coram Family and Coram's Fields.

What is now Brunswick Square was originally fields that were part of the grounds of the Foundling Hospital. It was planned to be leased for housebuilding, along with Mecklenburgh Square, to raise funds for the hospital in 1790. Brunswick Square, named after Caroline of Brunswick, was finished first, being built by James Burton in 1795–1802; none of the houses remain.[1]

Leafy squares characterise the Bloomsbury district of London. Mecklenburgh Square is a matching square to the east. Russell Square is the nearest tube station to the south-west.

In Jane Austen's book Emma, the characters of Mr. and Mrs. John Knightley make their residence in Brunswick Square.

John Ruskin was born at 54 Hunter Street, Brunswick Square in 1819.

The writer E.M. Forster used 26 Brunswick Square as his London base from 1930 to 1939.[2]


  1. ^ UCL Bloomsbury Project: Brunswick Square
  2. ^ David Bradshaw, ed (2007). "Chronology". The Cambridge Companion to E. M. Forster. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-83475-9

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