Bedford Square

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The north side of Bedford Square, viewed from near the north-east corner

Bedford Square is a garden square in the Bloomsbury district of the Borough of Camden in London, England.

Built between 1775 and 1783 as an upper middle class residential area, the square has had many distinguished residents, including Lord Eldon, one of Britain's longest serving and most celebrated Lord Chancellors, who lived in the largest house in the square for many years. The square takes its name from the main title of the Russell family, the Dukes of Bedford, who owned much of the land in what is now Bloomsbury.

thumb in 1966]] Bedford Square is one of the best preserved set pieces of Georgian architecture in London, but most of the houses have now been converted into offices. Numbers 1-10, 11, 12–27, 28–38 and 40–54 are grade I listed buildings. The central garden remains private. Bedford College, the first place for female higher education in Britain, was formerly located in (and named after) Bedford Square.

Current occupants

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  • Nos. 1 and 2: Cameron Mackintosh (Overseas) Limited
  • No. 3: Winston House (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's European Study Center)
  • Nos. 4, 5 and 6: New York University's London Academic Facility
  • No. 7: Birkbeck, University of London
  • No. 9: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • No. 11: Royal Holloway, University of London
  • No. 12: ACCENT International Consortium for Academic Programs Abroad: London Study Center
  • No. 16: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
  • No. 19 New College of the Humanities
  • No. 20: Reflex Solutions
  • No. 29: London office of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
  • No. 30: Sotheby's Institute of Art
  • No. 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38 and 39: Architectural Association School of Architecture
  • No. 47: Yale University Press, London
  • Nos. 49, 50 and 51: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Former occupants

  • No. 6: Lord Eldon — Lord Chancellor
  • No. 10: Charles Gilpin — MP
  • No. 11: Henry Cavendish — scientist
  • No. 13: Harry Ricardo — engine designer — born here
  • No. 22: Johnston Forbes-Robertson — actor
  • No. 30: Jonathan Cape — publishing company.
  • No. 35: Thomas Hodgkin — physician, reformer and philanthropist
  • No. 35: Thomas Wakley — founder of The Lancet
  • No. 41: William Butterfield — architect
  • No. 41: Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins — novelist
  • No. 44: Margot Asquith — wife of the Prime Minister H. H. Asquith; before that, Ottoline Morrell
  • No. 48: Elizabeth Jesser Reid — anti-slavery activist and founder of Bedford College for Women
  • No. 49: Francis Walker — entomologist; before that Ram Mohan Roy — Indian scholar and reformer
  • No. 52: — used as the contestants' house in the 2010 series of The Apprentice

See also

Other squares on the Bedford Estate in Bloomsbury included:

  • Bloomsbury Square
  • Gordon Square
  • Russell Square
  • Tavistock Square
  • Torrington Square
  • Woburn Square
  • List of eponymous roads in London


  • Steen Eiler Rasmussen: "London, the Unique City".

External links

Blue plaques

A number of houses have blue plaques recording famous residents:

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