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Bartholomew Square Islington
Summary: Bartholomew Square is on land formerly belonging to St Bartholomew's Hospital, and replaced a square known as Old Street Square dating from c.1815. In 1894 the MPGA laid out an asphalted playground here. It has been renamed Bartholomew Square in recognition of the former connections of the site. The character of the area was all but obliterated in the 1970s by the GLC's rebuilding, which destroyed the whole pattern of the historic surroundings. Today the area is a hummocky grass patch bordered on three sides by low rise council blocks of Bartholomew Court and the St Luke's Estate. There are a few trees including horse chestnut and London plane and it is railed to Bartholomew Square.
Previous / Other name: Old Street Square
Site location: Bartholomew Square, near Old Street
Postcode: EC1 > Google Map
Type of site: Public Gardens
Date(s): c.1815; 1970s
Listed structures:
Borough: Islington
Site ownership: LB Islington
Site management: Housing
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: appears to be unrestricted
Special conditions:
Public transport: Rail/Tube: Old Street (Northern). Bus: 43, 214, 55
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/04/2004
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Fuller information:

Sources consulted:

Mary Cosh, The Squares of Islington Part I: Finsbury and Clerkenwell, London, 1990; Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 4: North (Penguin, 1998)
Grid ref: TQ324824
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: No
Other LA designation:

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