Marchmont Association
Bloomsbury London WC1

'Residents and businesses improving
the local area for the benefit of all'



If you have ideas for improving the area please let us know, contact us [here]

 We are grateful to Waitrose, Bloomsbury for the generous support they provided to enable us to set up this web site, which would not otherwise have been possible.


CONSERVATION : Projects & Campaigns

  • Promoting the conservation of the area's historic character.

'From Fields to Fountains - the Story of Bloomsbury's Russell Square' is available now [more]
'From Fields to Fountains - the Story of Bloomsbury's Russell Square', by Ricci de Freitas, the first complete history of Russell Square to be published, is currently on sale for £19.95 at Skoob Books, 66 The Brunswick, WC1N 1AE, Judd Books, 82 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AG, Caffè Russell in Russell Square Gardens, and Camden Local Studies & Archives Centre, Holborn Library, Theobald's Road.

Tales of Brunswick Square - Bloomsbury's untold past [more]
'Tales of Brunswick Square - Bloomsbury's untold past', by Ricci de Freitas, is on sale for £19.95 at Skoob Books, 66 The Brunswick (off Marchmont Street), WC1N 1AE; Judd Books, 82 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AG; Camden Local Studies and Archive Centre, Holborn Library, Theobald's Road; and the Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square.

The Story of Marchmont Street - Bloomsbury's original high street [more]
Even if you already have a copy of the first, second or third editions of 'The Story of Marchmont Street - Bloomsbury's original high street', it is very much worth buying the fourth edition, because of the numerous updates, including 'new' historical facts uncovered by the author or submitted by former residents of the street and their relatives. There are also a few more former residents of note and many new and improved images. The book has proved to be a much appreciated gift, with copies selling World-wide.

Commemorative Plaques Scheme [more]
The Marchmont Association established its own independent commemorative plaques scheme in 2009, with a view to raising awareness of the area's rich social history. Our first plaque was unveiled at 57 Marchmont Street on 11th October 2009, to honour Kenneth Williams - Comic Actor and star of 26 'Carry On' films (sponsored by The Heritage Foundation). This was followed on 30th November 2009 by plaques to two accomplished early nineteenth century artists - William Henry (Bird's Nest) Hunt and John Skinner Prout - who lived at 41 and 43 Marchmont Street, respectively.On 19th December 2009, Ann Wroe, the acclaimed author of "Being Shelley" (photo link below), unveiled a plaque to two of our most significant former residents - Percy Bysshe Shelley - Poet and Radical Thinker - and Mary Shelley - author of 'Frankenstein' - who lived in a house on the site of 87 Marchmont Street.

History Project [more]
In 2006 we established a group to research into the history of the area. In 2007 we produced an exhibition, which was first shown in Mary Ward House and then Camden's Local Studies and Archives Centre. It illustrated the development of Marchmont Street from 1790 to the present day (with the support of an Awards for All/Heritage Lottery Fund grant). You can view a small selection of the historic photos which featured in the exhibition via the Flickr.com link, below.

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