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Latitude: 51.5226 / 51°31'21"N
Longitude: -0.096 / 0°5'45"W
OS Eastings: 532189
OS Northings: 182127
OS Grid: TQ321821
Mapcode National: GBR Q8.LC
Mapcode Global: VHGQT.9Z3N
Plus Code: 9C3XGWF3+2H
Entry Name: Bastion or garden feature, including ramps
Listing Date: 4 December 1997
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1021952
English Heritage Legacy ID: 466576
Location: City of London, London, EC1Y
County: City of London
Electoral Ward/Division: Cripplegate
Built-Up Area: City of London
Traditional County: Middlesex
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): City of London
Church of England Parish: St Giles Cripplegate
Church of England Diocese: London
TQ 3282 SW
GOLDEN LANE (west side)
Bastion or garden feature, including ramps
Rondpoint or garden feature. Part of original design won in competition 1952; built 1956-57. Winning competition design by Geoffry Powell, design developed and built by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon. Reinforced concrete clad in granite blocks. Circular bastion with continuous seat on each side, paved in granite setts and reached via steps, and with curved ramp on one side, which has steel balustrade.
The bastion was in the original design, and enclosed the strong north-south axis of the competition layout, which survives though it is not emphasised in the version as built. It, the steps and ramp, also highlight the changes in levels within the scheme. Its greatest significance, however, is as the principal circular element within the formal grid of rectangular blocks, gardens and terraces at Golden Lane. Out of the featureless landscape of derelict, bombed warehouses with deep basements, Chamberlin, Powell and Bon developed their interest in three-dimensional planning to achieve a particularly interesting, urban pattern, a mixture of picturesque planning laced with the formal geometry which was becoming a powerful force in the early 1950s. Though the most conscious landscape feature of the estate, there is nothing left to chance of nature in the bastion either.
HISTORY AND ANALYSIS
The development and importance of the Golden Lane Estate is explained in the entry for Great Arthur House.
(Architectural Review: June 1957: 415-26; City of London Corporation Record Office: Surviving drawings and perspectives) .
Listing NGR: TQ3218982127
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