Russell Square

Russell Square
I built all this

Russell Square is named after the surname of the Earls and Dukes of Bedford, who developed the family's London landholdings in the 17th and 18th centuries. Designed by James Burton, it was built 1801-1804 when new streets were laid out by the 5th Duke on the site of the gardens of his former home Bedford House. The square contained large terraced houses aimed mainly at upper-middle-class families and a number of the original houses survive, especially on the southern and western sides. In 2002, the square's garden was re-landscaped in a style based on the circa 1805 layout by Humphry Repton (1752–1818), including using archive photographs to recreate the original boundary railing and entrance gates. In addition, the café in the square was redeveloped and a new ornamental fountain installed on the site of Repton's decorated 'reposir': a trellis-lined hut that was used to store the gardener's tool. A statue of the Duke of Bedford, by Sir Richard Westmacott (1775-1856), can be found on the southern edge of the garden. Wikipedia/CTGuides