Gordon Square

Gordon Square
Many famous residents

Gordon Square was developed by Thomas Cubitt in the 1820s, as one of a pair with nearby Tavistock Square. It was laid out, like Woburn Square to the south, on swampy wetland. As with most London squares the central garden was originally for the private use of the residents of the surrounding houses but it now belongs to the University of London and is open to the public. The university owns many of the buildings in the square. The economist John Maynard Keynes (1883–1946) lived at No. 46. Before Keynes moved in, the same house was occupied by a young Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) and her siblings (including the noted painter and interior designer Vanessa Bell) and frequented by other members of the Bloomsbury Group. The writer and biographer Lytton Strachey lived at No. 51. Nos. 16–26, on the western side of the Square, were not completed until 1855, and they represent some of the last buildings created by Thomas Cubitt. They now mostly house UCL academic departments. Wikipedia/CTGuides