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John Spencer Square Islington
Summary: John Spencer Square was laid out in 1963 with Prior Bolton Street, Grange Grove and St Mary's Grove as part of postwar rebuilding in the Canonbury area. The square overlooks the residents' communal garden, which has some mature trees but is otherwise rather featureless. It is named after Sir John Spencer who was Lord Mayor of London and had a country retreat at Canonbury in the early C17th; he is buried in St Helen's Bishopsgate. Former residents include Labour Party Cabinet Minister Barbara Castle and her husband Ted Castle (d.1979), journalist and GLC Alderman.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: Prior Bolton Street
Postcode: N1 > Google Map
Type of site: Housing/Estate Landscaping
Date(s): 1963
Designer(s): Nash, Surveyor for Western Ground Rents
Listed structures:
Borough: Islington
Site ownership: private
Site management:
Open to public? No
Opening times: private, visible
Special conditions:
Public transport: Rail/London Overground/Tube (Victoria): Highbury and Islington. London Overground: Canonbury. Bus: 4, 19, 30, 277
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/11/2004
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Fuller information:

Sources consulted:

Mary Cosh, The Squares of Islington Part II: Islington Parish, London, 1993 p116; Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 4: North (Penguin, 1998) p648
Grid ref: TQ318846
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: Yes
Conservation Area name: CA8
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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