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Perimeter Wall, Gates and Railings to St George's Gardens

A Grade II Listed Building in King's Cross, London

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Latitude: 51.5258 / 51°31'32"N

Longitude: -0.1212 / 0°7'16"W

OS Eastings: 530434

OS Northings: 182438

OS Grid: TQ304824

Mapcode National: GBR J7.Y6

Mapcode Global: VHGQS.VX96

Entry Name: Perimeter Wall, Gates and Railings to St George's Gardens

Listing Date: 14 May 1974

Last Amended: 11 January 1999

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1378729

English Heritage Legacy ID: 478063

Location: Camden, London, WC1N

County: London

District: Camden

Electoral Ward/Division: King's Cross

Built-Up Area: Camden

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Holy Cross Cromer Street

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text


Perimeter wall, gates and railings to St George's Gardens

(Formerly Listed as: HANDEL STREET Walls, lodge, cottage & monuments in St George's Gardens)


Includes: Perimeter wall, gates and railings to St George's Gardens HENRIETTA MEWS.
Includes: Perimeter wall, gates and railings to St George's Gardens HEATHCOTE STREET.
Includes: Perimeter wall, gates and railings to St George's Gardens WAKEFIELD STREET.

Graveyard wall. c1713, with some local repairs of later date. Red brick with stone coping to piers. Wrought-iron gates, c1884, to Heathcote Street, cast-iron railings to Wakefield Street, with wrought-iron railings at eastern end, c1884. Later brick infills between original piers along Henrietta Mews. Dividing wall between burial grounds of St George's, Bloomsbury, and St George the Martyr, Holborn, survives in western part of gardens. The south-west corner is now separated and used as a playground. The wall is lined with tomb stones formerly located within the burial ground.

HISTORICAL NOTE: this three acre burial ground was acquired in 1713 to serve the new churches of St George, Bloomsbury Way (qv), and St George the Martyr, Queen Square (qv). The two cemeteries were divided by a brick wall which originally ran along the whole length of the burial grounds. Famous persons buried here included Anne, daughter of Richard, Protector Cromwell (d.1727), the painter Jonathan Richardson (d.1745), and the anti-slavery campaigner Zachary Macaulay (d.1838).

The burial grounds were closed c1854. After a period of neglect they were reopened as public gardens in 1885 and 1889. The present garden layout was designed by William Holmes in 1881 (plan in Holborn Library). The gardens are listed grade II* on the English Heritage Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.

(Survey of London: Vol. XXIV, King's Cross Neighbourhood, St Pancras IV: London: 1952: 77-79).

Listing NGR: TQ3043482438

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