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Noble Street Gardens City of London

Summary

Noble Street Gardens is a sunken garden made post-WWII adjacent to the Plaisterers' Hall. The area suffered heavy bomb damage in WWII and the excavated garden contains remains of the old Roman Wall. The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers was incorporated in 1501 and its original hall was built in 1556 in Addle Hill off Carter Lane, rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1666 and then again in 1882 after another fire. The hall here dates from 1970-3, rebuilt c.2002. Noble Street is named after a C14th landowner, Thomas Noble.

Basic Details

Previous / Other name:
Roman Wall; Wall Green; Plaisterers' Garden

Site location:
Noble Street/London Wall

Postcode:
EC2V 7JU ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Private Garden

Date(s):
post WWII (1950s or later)

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
SAM: fragment of Roman Wall

Borough:
City of London

Site ownership:
Plaisterers' Company

Site management:
City of London Corporation Open Spaces Dept

Open to public?
No

Opening times:
but designed to be viewed from Noble Street
Has taken part in Open Garden Squares Weekend 2 times, most recently in 2011.

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
Tube: St Paul's (Central); Barbican Barbican (Hammersmith & City, Circle, Metropolitan). Rail: Barbican

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/05/2010
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/openspaces

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ322814

Size in hectares:
0.0653

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:
No

Other LA designation:
None

Noble Street Gardens

Noble Street Gardens with Roman Wall, May 2010. Photo: S Williams

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Fuller information

Sunken garden made post-war adjacent to the Plaisterers' Hall, built in 1970-3, rebuilt c.2002. Noble Street is named after a C14th landowner, Thomas Noble; properties here suffered heavy bomb damage in World War II and the garden is an excavated site within which are remains of the old Roman Wall. The garden was laid out with grass, seating, and some planting, with creepers growing over the remains of the Roman wall; the Plaisterers' Hall formerly opened onto the north part of the garden, with balustrading surmounted by urns at intervals along the boundary with the former hall, now demolished. The south part of the garden had some public access. The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers was incorporated in 1501 and its original hall was built in 1556 in Addle Hill off Carter Lane, rebuilt first after the Great Fire of 1666 and then in 1882 after another fire.

Sources consulted:

A. Saunders, 'The Art and Architecture of London', London, 1984; B Plummer and D Shewan, 'City Gardens', London, 1992; Simon Bradley & Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England, London 1: The City of London', 1997 (1999 ed.).

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