An evening with Zachary Macaulay

The Friends of St George’s Gardens and Goodenough College invite you to

An evening with Zachary Macaulay

in the Gardens at 5.45 for 6.00pm on Friday 19th October 2018

Please gather at the Handel Street entrance, WC1N 1PD

The evening will start with the dedication of a new memorial to this leading anti-slavery activist,

born 250 years ago and buried in the Gardens.

Zachary himself will then lead a walk through the Gardens and into Goodenough College, telling you about our slave-owning past

and the long campaign to end slavery. The evening will finish with a talk from Ryna Sherazi of Anti-Slavery International,

an organisation founded in 1839, a year after Zachary died. The fight against slavery continues.

RSVP to by October 12


Special invitations to Marchmont Association members and friends.

October 17th –  Fascinating talk:  Lepton’s Bloomsbury Squares,  7.30 pm  School of Pharmacy Brunswick Square
October 19th  – Pankhurst commemorative plaque unveiling.  2.00 pm Corner Russel Square and Bernard Street by by the Principal Hotel


Celebrating the bicentenary of Humphry Repton, landscape gardener, during the Bloomsbury Festival

An illustrated talk by Susan Jellis, author of ‘Repton’s London Squares’ in the new book Repton in London published by the London Parks and Gardens Trust.

Wednesday 17 October at 7.30 pm, UCL School of Pharmacy, Brunswick Sq

Tickets £12 (incl a glass of wine) through Eventbrite website, booking essential.



Illustrated London News – 12.12.1891

Witness the unveiling of a commemorative plaque to Emmeline, Sylvia and Christabel Pankhurst by Dr Helen Pankhurst, Emmeline’s great-great granddaughter, on Friday 19th October from 2 pm, at the site of their former Bloomsbury home, on the corner of Russell Square and Bernard Street.

The family lived at 8 Russell Square in 1888-93. The house was demolished in 1894 to make way for the Hotel Russell, recently re-opened as The Principal London Hotel, where the plaque is to be unveiled. This is an important event celebrating 100 years since some women won the right to vote.

A Conference of the Women’s Franchise League, lasting three evenings, was held in the Drawing Room of 8 Russell Square, the home of Dr and Mrs Pankhurst, in December 1891. It demanded no less for women than “equal civil and political rights with men”.

This event is brought to you by the Marchmont Association in association with Bloomsbury Festival 2018, the theme of which is Activists and Architects of Change – inspired by the centenary of The Representation of the People Act 1918, which permitted women to vote for the first time.

The plaque and unveiling event is sponsored by The Principal London

Three Men and a Field – Inaugural launch and signing! The development of Bloomsbury

You’re invited

Inaugural launch and signing! The development of Bloomsbury – lavishly illustrated

You are cordially invited to attend the launch of a new book – Three Men and a Field – Bloomsbury North of Tavistock Place – by Ricci de Freitas. The event will be held in the historic setting of St Mary’s with St George’s German Lutheran Church, 10 Sandwich Street, on Tuesday 16th October, 6.30pm to 8.00pm.

The author will sign copies of the book, which will be on sale for the special launch price of £15 (cash or card), saving you £6.95 (30%) on the RRP of £21.95. (Cheques may be accepted for multiple copies)

Many thanks to the Church for hosting this event, to John-Paul Muir for his background jazz piano, and to Waitrose Bloomsbury for the Prosecco!

Note: This lavishly illustrated book is centred on the development of that part of Lamb’s Conduit Fields which lay between the Foundling Hospital Estate and the New Road (later renamed Euston Road), which was acquired by Sir Andrew Judd in 1572, and became The Skinners’ Company Estate. It remained farm land until 1807, when the prolific Georgian architect, builder and developer, James Burton, began developing the estate. By 1820, The Skinners’ Company Estate was an established residential district, with 11 new streets of houses, each of which has its own dedicated chapter in the book, with mini-biographies of their most notable former residents. The area underwent a further transformation in the early 1900s, when Abraham Davis, under the auspices of the London Housing Society Ltd, single-mindedly replaced 13 ‘tired’ Georgian terraces with the impressive array of red-brick mansion blocks which characterise the area today.


It’s Marchmont Street Party Time!!

This Saturday 22nd September 12 – 5.00 pm

Main Stage

London International Gospel Choir

Absolute Bollywood

JO Big Band with Catherine Lima

Cut-a Shine Cellldh Band

Coco Xpress Salsa Band


Juggling – Magic – Punch & Judy

Fun Fair

Great variety of stalls and concessions

Special Offers. Food and Drinks

Plus ‘Meet the Marchmont Association’

THE Street Party that’s fun for all the family!!



Clean Air – You’re invited!

Efforts to reduce air pollution in Camden will be “seriously hampered” by the proposed construction of the High Speed 2 rail line, according to the council and environmental campaigners. Picture credited to Ham&High

Camden Council have invited MA to give feedback about how they can improve air quality in the borough  

The council often rebuff criticisms of their approach to ‘consulting’ by saying they are disappointed when response is low. MA encourages everyone in our Area of Benefit to voice their own thoughts on this issue.

What about …

  • Planning traffic flow to offset idling and slow moving vehicles – the worst polluters.
  • Planting more street trees
  • Lobbying  for cleaner fuel for helicopters that seem to hover all day above our streets.
  • Regulating diesel trains that exhaust noxious gases high in pollutants
  • Clean air zones around schools
  • High rise urban development that harbours pockets of pollution at ground level

Have your say at

This is the letter we received from Ana Ventura of the council

From: Ventura, Ana [mailto:]
Sent: 24 August 2018 13:39
To: Undisclosed recipients: (MA is the recipient)
Subject: Clean Air for Camden – we want to hear from you!

Dear all,

Camden is seeking feedback from our residents, schools and businesses on how we can improve the air we breathe and we would like to hear from you.

We all have a role to play in improving air quality in Camden, that’s why we’re asking you to help develop our Clean Air Action Plan.

During our Camden 2025 community conversations you told us that air quality is vitally important, with participants in particular asking that we work together to improve the air that we share.

With this in mind, we launched our Camden Clean Air Partnership in July, bringing together residents, local businesses and campaigners for a ‘Design Day’, exploring practical ideas for air quality improvement.

Key themes covered on the Design Day included:

  1. Transport emissions
  2. Construction and development emissions
  3. Public health and awareness raising
  4. Delivery, servicing and freight
  5. Communities and schools
  6. What can you do to help improve local air quality

Now we’re opening the discussion wider with a new website where you can have your say. We’re keen to capture as many of your voices as possible to help us develop our Clean Air Action Plan which will launch next year.

Please note that this engagement is not a formal consultation our future Clean Air Action Plan but rather a review of the Design Day outputs, which will inform the Action Plan development.

Read the full details of actions from the design day and join the conversation by Sunday 30 September.  And also, please feel free to pass this on to as many Camden businesses and residents as you can as we want to hear from everyone!

To leave your feedback visit

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kindest regards,

Ana Ventura
Senior Sustainability Officer (Air Quality)
Supporting Communities
London Borough of Camden

Telephone:    0207 974 3901


Holyoake Plaque Unveiling – You’re invited!

You are cordially invited to witness the unveiling of a commemorative plaque to George Jacob Holyoake, Secularist and Co-operator, on Friday 17th August at 2 pm, outside 4 Woburn Walk, WC1H OJL, where he lived from 1850 to 1861. The unveiling ceremony will include an informative talk about Holyoak’s work and a celebration of it.

The Marchmont Association is delighted to announce the unveiling of its 27th commemorative blue plaque, and would like you to join us on this special, historic occasion, when we will also be joined by representatives of the Secular Society, who have generously funded the plaque, as well as representatives of various national and regional bodies connected with Mr Holyoake’s work. The Deputy Mayor of Camden – Councillor Maryam Eslamdoust will also be attending.

Acknowledgement to The National Secular Society

Burton plaque unveiling

The Marchmont Association is delighted to announce the forthcoming unveiling of a commemorative plaque to James Burton, who was responsible for building much of the Foundling Hospital, Bedford and Skinners’ Company Estates between 1790 and 1820. The unveiling will take place on Wednesday 6th June at 2pm, on the corner of Lansdowne Terrace and Guilford Street WC1.

The plaque has been installed on his original Bloomsbury home, where he lived whilst building Guilford Street and the south side of Brunswick Square. After his extraordinary exploits in Bloomsbury, he went on to build the villas in Regent’s Park and several of the grand Nash designed terraces, working in partnership with his son, Decimus. Together they went on to build much of Regent Street and the new town of St Leonard’s on Sea.

We have tracked down a few surviving relatives of the great man, who will be unveiling the plaque in conjunction with Burton’s biographer and the Mayor of Camden.

We hope you will be able to join us for this important day in the history of our area.

We are grateful to the University of London for allowing us to install this plaque on their building, and for sponsoring it.