History Pinned in Millman St

Lovely piece originally posted by Smudger on Holborn LinC: Millman Street: The Timeline Collage. Rambling in the best of ways, Smudger …

Before… On Wednesday, 12th April, Millman Street Community Centre members enjoyed the latest in a series of workshops presented by Amy (from Building Exploratory) and Polly (of History Pin), under the auspices of The Kings Cross Story Palace. They explained that the idea was a “narrative…

via #History Pin at Millman Street Community Centre — Marchmont Voice

From Bloomsbury Squares & Gardens …

The UCL School of Pharmacy are starting to establish a small bed of medicinal plants in Brunswick Square, outside their building, with information on their uses. On Monday 15 May the school is also hosting this lecture by Peter Ayres, Emeritus Professor, Lancaster University, for the British Society for the History of Pharmacy VENUE: UCL […]

via Britain’s Green Allies: medicinal plants in wartime – a lecture on 15 May — Bloomsbury Squares & Gardens

Circling the Brunswick: Life, Death and Shopping

If you’re looking for something local this Easter weekend ..


Camden Guides Amanda Judy and Jo go on another of their popular walks around our  area.

From horses to  cars, from philanthropists to philosophers, from riots to restaurants, the area around the Brunswick has more than its fair share of stories, believable and unbelievable.


When: Easter Monday, April 17th and Sunday 7th May at 11:00am

Meet at: Russell Square Underground Station

Price: £8.00.  More information: jo.wilkinson@camdenguides.com

First Fork

Fork Deli, at 85 Marchmont Street, has won this year’s Marchmont Association award for Best Shop Front.

We’ve presented the awards  every year since 2006, to recognise the efforts made by local independent businesses to improve the local shopping environment. The awards are also intended to encourage businesses to conserve the historical character of our many original period shop fronts – Fork’s being one of the few remaining examples to have survived since the Edwardian era.

James Harper, one of this busy shop’s two managers, received the award from Deputy Mayor Richard Cotton, last Thursday.


It was a strong field this year, with a refurbishment completed at the North Sea Fish restaurant, the old Povey’s shop coming back into use and shop re-fits from Marchmont St through to Judd St. Two ‘specially commended’ businesses were

Silk Road at 67 Marchmont St and ‘Arte & Stili’ at 6 Leigh St. Both very different – which goes to show the strength of independent spirit still fluorishing in our part of London.

This was Fork’s second victory in the MA awards – it won ‘Most Imporoved Shop Front’ back in 2012. The coffee’s great too.

Well done Fork!

Regent Square in new ‘flexible’ locking plan from April


Regent Square is one of 15 additional parks that Camden Council has identified as safe enough to be managed using a “flexible” locking approach. In effect this means the Square will be left unlocked overnight, with some monitoring taking place to check if there is any increase in anti-social behaviour. The new arrangement comes in from April 1st – next week-end.

A further 12 sites are to be reviewed over the next six months, which could  lead to them being included in the flexible locking regime from September. Brunswick Square, St Andrew’s Gardens, Tavistock Square and Judd Street Open Space are all included in this trial.

There are no plans to change the overnight locking arrangememts for St George’s Gardens, Queen Square, Russell Square and Marchmont Street Community Garden.

Parks management is to be run by a new Camden contractor from April –  a company called Quadron Services, trading as idverde.

What do we think?

Photo credit: Velo Richard – WordPress.com

Tavistock Square 7/7 Memorial

We’ve had word from the 7/7 Memorial Trust, with encoruraging news on their plans to install a permanent memorial in Tavistock Place.

Chair of the Trust, Philip Nelson, says “We are delighted to report that we are at an advanced stage with the design of the memorial, following conversations with the families, local residents and with local statutory organisations, which should lead to the planning application being submitted in early April.”

Anyone wanting to support the application is very welcome to send a letter to Philp,  including a little bit about yourself and why this memorial matters both to you and the local community.

Letters can be posted to  Philip at Flat 12, 13 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SH. Need to be quick though – letters have to arrive with him by Monday 27th March. Alternatively, scan a signed respone and email to philip.nelson@tavistocksquarememorialtrust.org.

The memorial takes the form of a cast metal plaque within the Tavistock Square Garden. Its placement and inscription references the location of the incident. The memorial’s message is intended to be contemplated from within the garden square, however the memorial also announces a presence onto the public pavement outside the boundary of the railings.

The architects developing the design, Carmody Groarke, have previously worked successfully with the bereaved families to design and deliver the National 7 July Memorial in Hyde Park.