Tag Archives: London Square

The March of Bricks and Mortar

More on London squares. A couple of weeks ago I looked at the beginning of Rus in Urbe – the idea of the countryside  being  bought into the city and the way that it changed their layout and planting. What … Continue reading

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Speculation and ‘the Rural Manner’

Last week I discussed the origins of London squares and looked at the earliest examples.   Today I’m going to look at what happened after the Great Fire of 1666  when the balance of the city’s population shifted to the … Continue reading

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Before the Square

  I’m often asked to talk about the history of London’s squares and I always wonder what causes this almost endless fascination.  Of course there’s no doubt that, as the London Gardens Trust says,  “squares are one of the defining … Continue reading

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The Statue, the Square and the Slippery Baron

We think our public parks are suffering from neglect but even after years of austerity and poor maintenance they haven’t quite fallen into the same state of decay as the well-known public space being described here in a book named … Continue reading

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Anne and Osbert’s Pleasure Garden

HAPPY NEW YEAR! We all have our favourite gardening books, whether for the quality of  the illustrations, -usually the first thing one  notices when flicking through – the quality of the writing – which takes more time to appreciate or … Continue reading

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