Moorfields was for centuries a fen outside the north wall of the City of London, used by all for recreation. In 1606 the corporation laid out tree-lined walks in a pioneering development, usually assumed to be for the benefit of Londoners – but was it? Why isn’t it still there?
Opened in 1840, with a magnificent neo-Classical design, Brompton is one of the finest London burial grounds. It was conceived as a garden cemetery, as much for enjoyment by the living as to cater for the dead: J. C. Loudon advised, and Neales and Forrest supplied the plants. Sally Prothero of LDA Design leads the project team for the restoration and reinterpretation of the original vision.
Little of Brown’s extensive London portfolio survives intact, but research by the LPGT has greatly extended our knowledge of his London sites. Steffie Shields, whose illustrated book Moving Heaven and Earth: Capability Brown’s Gift of Landscape was published in May 2016, will put his work in the metropolis into the context of his career.
Ebenezer Howard’s concept of the garden city was born in Stoke Newington in 1898 as a radical experiment in utopian community living. Ken Worpole will explore the subsequent trajectory of this ideal in the suburbs and new towns built to take the population overspill from overcrowded cities, in particular London, a subject with urgent relevance today.
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Historic England has recently listed 41 public sculptures, many of them in London, erected between 1945 and 1985 to bring our public spaces back to life after the Second World War. An exhibition early in 2016 highlighted their vulnerability: a large number have been lost, sold, stolen, damaged, neglected or moved. Dr Bowdler is Historic England’s Director of Listing.
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The growing disquiet over the number of tall buildings scheduled for construction in London is currently being highlighted by the London Skyline Campaign. Of particular concern are the damaging results of inappropriate siting to historic streetscapes and views, and visual intrusions into parks and squares. Barbara Weiss is an architect and co-founder of the campaign.