Coram's Fields

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Coordinates: 51°31′29″N 0°07′11″W / 51.5247°N 0.1197°W / 51.5247; -0.1197

Entrance gate to Coram's Fields
Bronze plaque at entrance
Autumn 2017

Coram's Fields is a large urban open space in the London borough of Camden in central London. It occupies seven acres in Bloomsbury and includes a children's playground, sand pits, a duck pond, a pets corner, café and nursery. Adults (defined as anyone over the age of 16) are only permitted to enter if accompanied by children (under 16).[1]

It is situated on the former site of the Foundling Hospital, established by Thomas Coram in what was then named Lamb's Conduit Field in 1739. In the 1920s The Foundling Hospital was relocated outside London to Ashlyns School in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, and the site was earmarked for redevelopment.[2] However, campaigning and fundraising by local residents and a donation from Harold Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere[3] led to the creation of the current park that opened in 1936.[3] Coram's Fields is owned and run by an independent registered charity, officially named Coram's Fields and the Harmsworth Memorial Playground.[4]

Coram's Fields also offers three eight-a-side football pitches, two tennis courts, a stickball field and a basketball court.

The Thomas Coram Foundation for Children (the successor charity to the Foundling Hospital) and the Foundling Museum housing the art collections of the former Hospital, are based in buildings nearby.

To the west is Brunswick Square, and to the east is Mecklenburgh Square (bordered by Goodenough College to the south), two historical London squares. To the north is the Thomas Coram Foundation and St George's Gardens. To the south are Guilford Street and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Coram's Fields, and Brunswick and Mecklenburgh Squares are jointly listed Grade II on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.[5]

The park users are organised in an independent body called Coram's Fields User Group[6]. Coram's Fields User Group (CFUG) acts as a critical friend and supporter of development of Coram's Fields. In recent years, Coram's Fields User Group was a vocal opponent of an extensive rental of Coram's Fields grounds to adults and private events, including through information published in local media: Camden New Journal Letter [7].


External links[edit]

Official website