Postscript: Bloomsbury’s Gardens Reclaimed

The publication of the article yesterday exploring the possible benefits of restricted access to Bloomsbury’s gardens and streets led to some fierce debate in the realm of Twitter. The arguments and opinions espoused were delivered with such great force and were crafted in such a sophisticated manner that I have felt compelled to respond to these in the name of open and civilised debate. To begin with, it must be said that the writer was entirely aware of the arguments against restriction, and indeed the article was written in the spirit of exploring an unusual and novel proposition rather than … Continue reading Postscript: Bloomsbury’s Gardens Reclaimed

Bloomsbury’s Gardens Reclaimed

In the midst of a national emergency, Bloomsbury’s gardens reclaim their original Georgian character. It is well-known by now to all that we should only be leaving our homes for necessities – for essentials, or for our once daily form of outdoor exercise. This ‘lockdown’ has meant that Bloomsbury is possibly the quietest it has ever been since its original Georgian conception in the early 19th century. For the first time in two hundred years, the people on the streets of Bloomsbury are only those that actually live in Bloomsbury, leading to a new perspective on the use and appreciation … Continue reading Bloomsbury’s Gardens Reclaimed