The Garden Guide

Book: London and Its Environs, 1927
Chapter: 18 Bloomsbury and Districts to the North

Brunswick Square and Mecklenburgh Square

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To the west and east respectively of the Foundling Hospital site lie Brunswick Square and Mecklenburgh Square. At No. 54 Hunter St., which issues to the north from the former, John Ruskin was born in 1819 (tablet). Coram St., with a house (No. 13) occupied by Thackeray in 1840, and Bernard St., with the Russell Square Station of the Piccadilly Tube, lead to the west from Brunswick Square to Woburn Place. Samuel Warren, author of 'Ten Thousand a Year,' lived at No. 35 Woburn Place (demolished) in 1840-57. Euston Road and St. Pancras Church are to the north. In DOUGHTY ST., which runs to the south from Mecklenburgh Square, crossing Guilford St., Sydney Smith lived at No. 14 in 1803-6. No. 28, the home of Charles Dickens in 1837-39, the period of 'Oliver Twist' and 'Nicholas Nickleby,' is now the Dickens House, a Dickens library and museum of great interest (open on week-days, 11-1 & 2-5, on Thursday also, 5-8; admission 1/). Besides the Matz and Kitton collections, forming the most comprehensive Dickens library in the world, it contains numerous portraits, illustrations, autograph letters, and personal relics, such as Dickens's walking-stick and desk, his reading-stand, and a garret-window from 141 Bayham St. In the basement is a reproduction of the 'Dingley Dell' kitchen.