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Walking Tour: The Magnitude of Bedford Square

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Paul Mellon Centre

16 Bedford Square

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WC1B 3JA

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Walking Tour by Todd Longstaffe-Gowan
Meet on the steps of Paul Mellon Centre, 16 Bedford Square

Todd’s tour will focus on the development of Bedford Square – one of London’s finest and best preserved c18th communal gardens, which was described in 1783, soon after its completion, as ‘superior in everything but magnitude to any square in Europe’. He will discuss the social and building history of the garden and its precinct, and its relationship to contemporary residential developments in the metropolis.

Meeting Point: The Paul Mellon Centre, 16 Bedford Square, WC1B 3JA.

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Todd Longstaffe-Gowan has worked on a wide range of landscape projects. Many of these have entailed conservation and restoration - undertaken with a strong awareness of gardens as spaces that are constantly evolving and changing. He draws on a diverse array of points of reference: one of his guiding principles is to allow the beauty of a garden to draw the viewer towards further imaginative and intellectual horizons. His work is informed by his training as an architect, landscape architect, historian and cultural geographer - and by his own long-established practical engagement with gardening.

He has a longstanding interest in London squares, and has recently completed the refurbishment of Charterhouse Square, and developed proposals for the redesign of Hanover Square for Westminster City Council. Todd is the author of several books including The London Town Garden 1700-1840 (2001) and The London Square: Gardens in the Midst of Town (2012).

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Bedford Square Festival is proud to be in partnership with the charity Centrepoint and will be fundraising for the charity throughout the Festival. Centrepoint is the UK's leading charity for homeless young people, they support over 9,000 16-25 year olds into housing and employment every year.

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