George's Square is a long narrow garden square in Pimlico, London, SW1.
The Huskisson statue in Pimlico
Gardens, described by Osbert Sitwell as "boredom rising from the
Pimlico's development was started in 1835 by the landowner, the
, and the building was supervised by Thomas Cubitt
who also designed the gardens.
St George's Square was originally laid out in 1839 as two parallel
streets running north-south but by 1843 had been developed into a
formal square, London's only residential square open to the
. The first residents moved
in in 1854. Until 1874 the square had its own pier
St George's Square is in the parish of Hanover Square and was named
after the patron saint of Britain
the gardens, now known as Pimlico Gardens, stands a stone statue by
of William Huskisson M.P.
- the first person ever to be run
over and killed by a railway engine - wearing a Roman senatorial
. The statue was originally designed for the
Exchange; it was placed in the gardens in 1915.
statue was described by Sir Osbert
as "boredom rising from the bath". The Church of St
Saviour (1864) stands at the north end of the square; it
was designed by Thomas Cundy the
Younger who was the surveyor for the Grovesnor
The square has had many notable residents. Author Bram Stoker
died at number 26 in April 1912,
author and gamesman Stephen Potter
lived at number 56 in 1924
whilst teaching at a crammer
68 and William Makepeace
's eldest daughter Anne Ritchie
made her home
at number 109 from 1901 to 1912.
Much of Cubitt's original square remains and is predominantly four
and five storey white stucco townhouses
although they have now been divided
. A 2007 survey showed that the
majority of residents (34%) are aged between 30 and 45 years old
and the dominant ethnic group self-identifies as White British