Bloomsbury, Central London
Situated between Euston Road and New Oxford Street in the London Borough of Camden, Bloomsbury is abound with formal garden squares surrounded by terraced houses built during the Victorian and Georgian periods. Now a busy, but desirable residential area, Bloomsbury is home to many famous and important institutions such as the British Museum, the University College of London and hospitals such as Great Ormond Street. Location. Bordered on its northerly edge by Euston Road, Bloomsbury extends eastwards to Gray's Inn Road, New Oxford Street runs along its southern fringe and finally Tottenham Court Road marks its western extremity. It is at the Southern edge of the London Borough of Camden. Medieval origins. Bloomsbury grew exponentially from a rural area during and after the 17th century, however its first step towards becoming the area we recognise today, occurred during its ownership by a Norman Baron, William De Blemond, during the 13th century. The name Bloomsbury first appeared at this time and is translated from the French name Blemondisberi, after the landowner. From this time, the ownership passed hands several times, until the 16th Century, when Henry VIII gifted the land to 1st Earl of Southampton. The 4th Earl of Southampton During the 1650's, Thomas Wriothesley, the 4th Earl of Southampton, built a magnificent house on what was then, the edge of the city of London. A year later, on the southern edge of his large residence, he laid out the grounds of then called, Southampton Square, now known as Bloomsbury Square. Later, the ownership of the land passed, through marriage, into the hands of the Russell family who hold the title of Duke of Bedford, it was in the hands of these owners that Bloomsbury would really develop. The Russell Family. Development on the area stalled until the 1770's, when the 4th Duke of Bedford's widow established an extended area which included Bedford Square and Gower Street. Successive Dukes and their family members would go on to further develop Bloomsbury, resulting in the myriad of garden squares and terraced housing that is evident today, as well as famous buildings like the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and University College Hospital. Culture. The Russell family would go on to develop Bloomsbury further, laying out more squares and terraced housing. During the 19th century, the majority of their land was sold to institutions such as the University College of London, but also the British Museum, which is located inside Montagu House and is now one of the largest museums in the world. The University College of London. The University College of London administrative centre is based in Bloomsbury, as is many of its departments, the garden squares in Bloomsbury play host to students looking for a spot to study as well as employees including many medical staff, who are out on lunch breaks. Hospitals and healthcare. Bloomsbury has many eminent medical institutions, including Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, most of the facilities are teaching hospitals and work very closely with the University College of London's medical department. We offer a expansive selection of 3 bedroom flats for rent in Bloomsbury. If you're thinking about moving and would like to find out more about our our properties please give us a call as our team are always pleased to help. Go to our site to see our properties.