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Blackfriars Bridge South Garden and Blackfriars Underpass City of London

Blackfriars Bridge South Garden and Blackfriars Underpass

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

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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.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: Blackfriars Bridge/Queen Victoria Street/Victoria Embankment
Postcode: EC4Y 0DH > Google Map
Type of site: Public Gardens
Date(s): early C20th;1960s
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
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.

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
Grid ref: TQ315808
Size in hectares:
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
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:
In Conservation Area: No
Conservation Area name:
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

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