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Mountfort Crescent, Barnsbury Square Islington

Summary

Mountfort Crescent was built from 1834-47 as part of the Bishop Estate and comprises pairs of bow-fronted villas set around a central garden, which forms the nucleus of this small cul-de-sac off the north side of Barnsbury Square. Named after Mountfort House, it occupies the ground of what used to be Reed Moatfield, in which was a moated site described in 1756. The architect John Carr McLellan lived at No.3 from 1883-88. In 1928 the garden was described as a 'small area enclosed by light railings owned by freeholders of surrounding houses, who maintained the garden'. No longer railed the garden has several notable trees.

Basic Details

Site location:
Barnsbury Square

Postcode:
N1 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Private Garden

Date(s):
1837-47

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
LBII: Nos.2-6 Mountfort Crescent

Borough:
Islington

Site ownership:
Private

Site management:

Open to public?
No

Opening times:
private, visible

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
London Overground: Caledonian Road & Barnsbury. Bus: 153

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:
TQ310842

Size in hectares:
0.06

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:
Yes

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:
Barnsbury Square

Tree Preservation Order:
No

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
Local/strategic view corridor. Local Shopping Area

Mountfort Crescent, Barnsbury Square

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Fuller information

Sources consulted:

Report of the Royal Commission on London Squares, 1928; Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 4: North (Penguin, 1998); Mary Cosh, 'The Squares of Islington Part II, Islington Parish', Islington Archaeology & History Society, 1993

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