Brunswick Square

Brunswick Square
(Photo: Ricci de Freitas)
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The gardens were laid out in 1799 and the largest of the London plane trees, acknowledged as one of the Great Trees of London, was probably planted at that time. The current layout follows the original simple design, thought to be by John Burton, the developer. There is a small bed of medicinal plants, near the UCL School of Pharmacy.

Literary associations are strong; in Jane Austen's Emma, Mr and Mrs John Knightley make their home in 'remarkably airy' Brunswick Square and J. M. Barrie set the Darlings' home, into which Peter Pan flew to visit Wendy, on the south-west corner. The noticeboards record many famous residents, though the original houses surrounding the square have been replaced by public buildings, including the Foundling Museum. 

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