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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.

Basic Details

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:
None

Borough:
Islington

Site ownership:
private

Site management:

Open to public?
No

Opening times:
private, visible

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

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
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ318846

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:
CA8

Tree Preservation Order:
No

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
None

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

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