Hidden away amid the back streets of Bloomsbury is one of the most charming green spaces in central London. It's pocket size, but lovely.
St George's Gardens is a former graveyard - and there are still a few of the more commanding gravestones and memorials. But it doesn't have the sombre, dank feel of a cemetery. On a sunny day, it is simply enchanting.
As the excellent Friends of St George's Gardens website explains, this was one of the first burial grounds to be established away from a church. It dates back to 1713, and was closed for new interments because of overcrowding in 1855.
St George's Gardens has been an open space and public amenity since the 1880s. It's one of several Camden parks to receive lottery funding and the ensuing refurbishment was completed in 2001. The Gardens are wonderfully well kept and welcoming and quite a treasure.
And those buried here? To be honest, not a terribly distinguished bunch - though they include some Jacobites executed after the failure of the 1745 rebellion led by Bonnie Prince Charlie.
If you haven't worked out where the gardens are, this map should help -
Andrew Whitehead's blog
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