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Marchmont Association
Bloomsbury London WC1

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

 

GET INVOLVED

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.

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).

Preservation & Restoration Campaign [more]
 
We have long campaigned to promote and preserve the historic character of the area, by encouraging the owners of the many Grade II listed Georgian houses and Edwardian buildings to restore their original architectural features. We also worked in partnership with Camden Council's Conservation and Urban Design team to produce a Shop Fronts Design Manual, which helped businesses avoid making inappropriate alterations to their premises. There have been some notable examples of historic buildings being sensitively restored, including several winners of our annual Shop Front Awards.

Bloomsbury Conservation Area [more]
 
We lobbied Camden Council for 2-3 years to extend the Bloomsbury Conservation Area throughout our 'area of benefit' (see Constitution) and to strengthen their enforcement action against harmful developments. The Council adopted the Bloomsbury Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Strategy on 19th April 2011, including all the area extensions we had lobbied for, together with a firm commitment to strengthen their enforcement action.

Brunswick Square Gardens & FOBS [more]
 
The extension of our area of benefit in May 2008 brought the long neglected Brunswick Square Gardens into our domain. This English Heritage Registered Georgian garden, which dates back to 1796, had seen very little investment since the site was refurbished by Camden Council in 2002/3.

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