Coordinates: 51°31′8″N 0°7′8″W / 51.51889°N
0.11889°W / 51.51889; -0.11889
Statue of Fenner Brockway in west entrance of Red Lion Square
Flat on the southern side of the square in which
William Morris and
Edward Burne-Jones lived in the 1850s
Red Lion Square
Red Lion Square is a small square in Holborn, London. The square
was laid out in 1684 by Nicholas Barbon, taking its name from the
Red Lion Inn. According to some sources the bodies of three
regicides - Oliver Cromwell, John Bradshaw and
Henry Ireton - were
placed in a pit on the site of the Square.
By 1720 it was a fashionable part of London: the eminent judge Bernard
Hale was a resident of Red Lion Square. In the 1860s, on the other
hand, it had clearly become decidedly unfashionable: the writer
Anthony Trollope in his novel Orley Farm (1862) humorously reassures
his readers that one of his characters is perfectly respectable,
despite living in Red Lion Square.
The centre-piece of the garden today is a statue by
Ian Walters of
Fenner Brockway, which was installed in 1986. There is also a memorial
bust of Bertrand Russell. Conway Hall—which is the home of the
South Place Ethical Society
South Place Ethical Society and the National Secular Society—opens
on to the Square. On 15 June 1974 a meeting by the National Front in
Conway Hall resulted in a protest by anti-fascist groups. The
following disorder and police action left one student - Kevin Gately
University of Warwick
University of Warwick - dead.
The square today is home to the
Royal College of Anaesthetists
Royal College of Anaesthetists and the
College of Emergency Medicine.
Lamb's Conduit Street
Lamb's Conduit Street is nearby and the
nearest underground station is Holborn.
The first headquarters of Marshall, Faulkner & Co, which was
founded by William Morris, was at 8 Red Lion Square.
^ a b Besant 2009, p. 26.
^ UCL Bloomsbury Project
^ British History Online Old and New
London Volume 4, Edward Walford
Bertrand Russell Memorial". Mind. 353: 320. 1980.
^ "On this day 1974: Man dies in race rally clashes". BBC Online. 15
June 1974. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
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Besant, Walter (2009),
Holborn and Bloomsbury (unabridged ed.),
ReadHowYouWant.com, p. 26, ISBN 9