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Queen Square, London

Statue of Queen Charlotte in the Square's gardens

Queen Square is a garden square in the Bloomsbury district of the London Borough of Camden, England. Queen Square was originally constructed between 1716 and 1725. It was formed from the garden of the house of Sir John Cutler baronet (1608-1693), whose last surviving child, Lady Radnor, died in 1697 leaving no issue. It was left open on one side for the landscape formed by the hills of Hampstead and Highgate.


  • Queen Charlotte and treatment for George III 1
  • Late 19th Century 2
  • Buildings in the 20th Century 3
  • Notable Residents 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6
  • See also 7

Queen Charlotte and treatment for George III

Queen Square, Bloomsbury in 1786
The fields to the north reach as far as Hampstead
In the 21st century the church of St George the Martyr 1706 at the far left is readily identifiable as are the first few houses beyond the corner of Cosmo Place now containing 'the Queen's larder'

The square was previously named Queen Anne's Square because a statue contained within it was misidentified as depicting King George III.

George III was treated for mental illness in a house in Queen Square towards the end of his reign. The public house on the southwest corner of the square, called 'the Queen’s Larder' was, according to legend, used by Queen Charlotte to store food for the King during his treatment.

The William Stukeley (1687-1765) whose rectory was next to the residence of the Duke of Powis.[1]

Late 19th Century

Built in the early 18th Century as a fashionable area by the mid 19th Century it had attracted many French refugees and the shops of sundry booksellers and print sellers and had become a favoured centre for charitable institutions including the Roman Catholic Aged Poor Society and Society of St Vincent de Paul. Gradually the mansions were turned into hospitals and other institutions.[1] The first institution which is still in the square was started by Johanna Chandler in 1860.[2] Elizabeth Malleson started the "Working Women's College" here in 1864.[3]

Buildings in the 20th Century

Many of the buildings surrounding the square are devoted to providing, researching and administering health care. Two hospitals, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN), often referred to synechdochally as 'Queen Square', and the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (formerly the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital), make up the east side of the square. The Institute of Neurology, part of University College London (UCL), is located in the north east corner of the square. The former Institute for Public Health takes up much of the north side - the building is now used as the administrative centre for the NHNN and Institute of Neurology.

Several buildings on the west side of the square are devoted to medical research and are part of the Institute of Neurology and other departments of UCL. These include Alexandra House at 17 Queen Square which houses the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit. The Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging (commonly referred to as the Functional Imaging Laboratory (FIL)) are located at 12 Queen Square. 8-11 Queen Square (Sir Charles Symmonds House) houses the Dementia Research Centre on the first floor and the Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases on the ground floor.

At the southern end of the square is the church of Mary Ward Centre and the former Italian Hospital, now part of Great Ormond Street Hospital (whose main buildings are in Great Ormond Street, off Queen Square).

A women-only turkish bath operated in Queen Square from 1930 to 1962. The site is now occupied by the Imperial Hotel.[4]

Notable Residents


  1. ^ a b 'Queen Square and Great Ormond Street', Old and New London: Volume 4 (1878), pp. 553-564
  2. ^ Jennett Humphreys, ‘Chandler, Johanna (1820–1875)’, rev. Patrick Wallis, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 7 Dec 2014
  3. ^ Owen Stinchcombe, ‘Malleson , Elizabeth (1828–1916)’, rev. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 29 July 2015
  4. ^

External links

  • History of Queen Square
  • Bloomsbury Project - University of London
  • THE ART WORKERS’ GUILD – 125 years History - 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London
  • Queen Square Neurology Archive, an extensive archive of historical documents relating to the neurology institutions in Queen Square
  • History of 42-43 Queen Square – Mary Ward Center
  • Map

See also

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