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Blackfriars Bridge South Garden and Blackfriars Underpass City of London

Summary

Blackfriars Bridge Garden was referred to as a public garden maintained by the Corporation of London by the 1920s. The current landscaping dates from the 1960s when Blackfriars Underpass was opened and adopted as public open space under the Blackfriars Bridgehead Act. This consists of publicly accessibly landscaped strip along the river by the pedestrian underpass, as well as areas of grass and flowerbeds at the bridgehead that are essentially traffic islands, a pleasant contrast from the busy road. Near the Underpass is a commemorative stone.

Basic Details

Site location:
Blackfriars Bridge/Queen Victoria Street/Victoria Embankment

Postcode:
EC4Y 0DH ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Public Gardens

Date(s):
early C20th;1960s

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
LBII: Blackfriars Bridge; drinking fountain

Borough:
City of London

Site ownership:
City of London Corporation

Site management:
Transport for London

Open to public?
Partially

Opening times:
riverside area unrestricted; traffic island landscaping visible but not accessible

Special conditions:

Facilities:
none

Events:

Public transport:
Tube: Blackfriars (District, Circle). Rail: Blackfriars

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/07/2001
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/openspaces

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ315808

Size in hectares:

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No

In Conservation Area:
No

Tree Preservation Order:
No

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
Yes - Thames Policy Area/St Paul's Heights Policy Area

Other LA designation:
Strategic Viewing Corridor; Monument Views and Setting

Blackfriars Bridge South Garden and Blackfriars Underpass

Planting by Blackfriars Bridge, June 2001. Photo: S Williams

Click photo to enlarge.

Fuller information

The gardens of Blackfriars Underpass were opened in the 1960s at a ceremony attended by Mrs Barbara Castle and Lady Bellinger.

Sources consulted:

B Plummer and D Shewan, 'City Gardens', London, 1992

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