Bloomsbury Past by Richard Tames

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The name 'Bloomsbury' has connotations. In particular it brings to mind the Bloomsbury Group of artists, the University of London, the British Museum and the squares which once housed people and publishers. Bloomsbury can claim to be the first London suburb built after the Great Fire. Bloomsbury Square and then Bedford Square - the most architecturally complete of them all - were models for many that came afterwards as London spread westward and northwards. In Bloomsbury many institutions, some to be famous, were established. They were joined by a remarkable collection of individuals who found Bloomsbury's attractive houses, nearness to both the City and the West End, and modest rents - just what they needed while they made their fame and, sometimes, fortunes.