The central garden at Claremont Close is an oval space that acts as a focus for the surrounding eight blocks of flats erected in 1935/6, the last 'square' to be built by the New River Company. The site had previously served as cattle layers for beasts en route to Smithfield Market, and by the 1840s there were livery stables and service buildings here. When the flats were built in 1935 two houses were removed in order to provide better access.
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Claremont Close is off Claremont Square (q.v.), on land owned by the New River Company. In 1841 it was listed as Claremont Mews with livery stables and service buildings and by 1848 the mews was occupied by cab proprietors, a coach builder and similar trades. It is first described as Claremont Close on Pinks' map of 1865, and the entry was a narrow covered way between 32 Claremont Square and 1 Mylne Street. When the flats were built in 1935 these two houses were removed in order to provide better access. The central garden area onto which the housing faces is reached through a gateway with piers that have plaques for the New River Company and also recording that the Close was restored in 1946 following bomb damage. The ornamental garden has a small central stone fountain, rose beds and paths. Behind the flats are two areas not publicly accessible that are of interest for the diversity of the wild flowers here.
Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 4: North (Penguin, 1998); Michael Waite, John Archer, 'Nature Conservation in Islington', Ecology Handbook 19 (London Ecology Unit, 1992); Mary Cosh, The Squares of Islington Part I: Finsbury and Clerkenwell, (London, 1990)