Streets of East Bloomsbury

Streets of East Bloomsbury

subtitled 'A survey of streets, buildings and former residents in a part of Camden', edited by Steven Denford and David A. Hayes

Published by the Camden History Society, 128 pages. Rectangular paperback - c.20cm by 14cm (N7258)

From the inside front cover: This book is one of a series... that cover all the streets in the London Borough of Camden. The present volume is an update of East of Bloomsbury, which first appeared in 1998. Ten years is a long time in central London and there have been many changes in the neighbourhoods escribed in this book. Though nowadays widely regarded as a part of Bloomsbury, these lie east of Bloomsbury proper (the old Blemundsbury manor), which we have taken to stretch westwards from Woburn Place and Southampton Row. That area is covered in Streets of Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia. This volume takes us eastward to King's Cross Road and Camden's eastern border in the valley of the lost river Fleet. Our survey area excludes High Holborn and Gray's Inn, to the south, which are discussed in Streets of Old Holborn; while our northern boundary is the Euston Road, the districts immediately to the north of which are covered in Streets of St Pancras.

The text is arranged as ten walkable itineraries, each beginning at an Underground station or a bus stop. Our march through time is broadly from south to north, following in general the historical sequence in which the area was built up. Thus, the first route takes us from Red Lion Square, where the first sod was cut in 1684, while the tenth walk includes the Battle Bridge estate south of King's Cross, where the last house to be built on a greenfield site was completed over 150 years later.

We describe the streets as they appear today, together with their history. We recall writers, artists and others who have lived or worked in the area, and the many Institutions that have flourished there, as some still do. We illustrate some of the grand buildings which once graced the district. A great deal survives from earlier centuries in this part of Camden to delight or intrigue us, and for the keen 'perambulator' there are many pleasant surprises in store.

The notable people who have made this area their home are legion, but to pick out a few: Barbirolli, Arnold Bennett, Carlyle, John Sell Cotman and his son Miles, Dickens, Disraeli, Sir Jacob Epstein, Graham Greene, Aldous Huxley, Keynes, Macaulay, Ramsay MacDonald, Mazzini, William Morris, Robert Owen, D G Rossetti, Ruskin, Dorothy Sayers, Swinburne, Thackeray and John Wilkes.
Contents include:

Diagram of the walks
List of maps and illustrations
Historical overview
Present street names and their origins
Route 1 Red Lion Square and the Harpur estate Circular walk from Holborn station
Route 2 From the King's Gate to Queen Square Linear walk between Holborn and Russell Square stations
Route 3 Mostly the Rugby estate Circular walk from Russell Square station
Route 4 Largely the Doughty estate Sinuous walk from Holborn station to the Yorkshire Grey
Route 5 Around Coram's Fields Circular walk from Russell Square station
Route 6 East and west of Marchmont Street Circular walk from Russell Square station
Route 7 The Calthorpe estate and the Fleet Valley Circular walk from Russell Square station
Route 8 South east of King's Cross Circular walk from King's Cross
Route 9 The Skinners' estate and Euston Road Circular walk from King's Cross
Route 10 South of King's Cross Circular walk from King's Cross

The condition of the book is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.