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George Yard City of London

Summary

George Yard had long existed as a narrow alleyway and was opened out in 1929-32 to provide a large paved courtyard as office development took place, becoming George Square. It has changed over the C20th as new building has taken place. In 1986-94 Barclays Bank built new premises here with the main entrance onto George Square, where 5 decorative reliefs commissioned for the Bank's previous premises at Lombard Street were mounted, showing old street signs of former properties and occupants of the site. The courtyard is largely hard landscaped.

Basic Details

Site location:
George Yard

Postcode:
EC3V 9EA ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Square

Date(s):
1929-32; 1986-94

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
None

Borough:
City of London

Site ownership:
City of London Corporation

Site management:
Department of Technical Services

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
unrestricted

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
Tube: Bank (Central, DLR, Northern, Waterloo & City) / Monument (Circle, District).

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/06/2010
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ328810

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:
Yes

Conservation Area name:
Bank

Tree Preservation Order:
No

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
None

George Yard

George Yard with St Edmund the King and Martyr Churchyard, June 2010. Photo: S Williams

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Fuller information

George Yard had long existed as a narrow alleyway and was opened out in 1929-32 to provide a large paved courtyard as office development took place here, becoming George Square. It has changed over the C20th as new building takes place, most recently when Barclays Bank, which has had premises on Lombard Street since 1728, built new premises in 1986-94 and has its main entrance onto George Square. Five decorative reliefs commissioned in 1946 from Sir Charles Wheeler for the Bank's previous premises at 54 Lombard Street are now mounted to the wall near the bank entrance, showing old street signs of former properties and occupants of the site. The courtyard is largely hard landscaped with some planting. Across George Square is the small garden of the former churchyard of St Edmund the King and Martyr (q.v.).

Sources consulted:

Simon Bradley & Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England, London 1: The City of London', 1997 (1999 ed.

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