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Tavistock Square is a public square in Bloomsburymarker, in the London Borough of Camdenmarker with a fine garden.

Public art

The centre-piece of the gardens is a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, which was installed in 1968.

There is also a memorial to conscientious objectors (unveiled in 1995), busts of Virginia Woolf and Dame Louisa Aldrich-Blake as well as a cherry tree planted in 1967 in memory of the victims of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima.


The square is part of an estate owned by the Dukes of Bedford, and takes its name from the courtesy title given to the eldest sons of the Dukes of Bedford, Marquess of Tavistock. It was developed in the 1820s by the builder Thomas Cubitt.


The following buildings are on Tavistock Square:

On the BMA building is a blue plaque commemorating that Charles Dickens once lived in a house on the site.

London bombings

On 7 July 2005 as part of the 7/7 London Bombings, a bomb exploded on a double-decker bus, allegedly detonated by the 18-year-old terrorist Hasib Hussain in the north-east corner of the square, outside the BMA building. This resulted in 13 fatalities.

On the occasion of the first anniversary in 2006, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport announced that the square would be the site of the permanent national memorial. A memorial garden is to be laid out in part of the existing garden and the BMA has commissioned a commemorative sundial.


Image:Gandhi Tavistock wide.jpg|Statue of Mahatma Gandhi from the East.Image:DSCN1998TavistockSqGandhi.jpg|Gandhi statue from South.Image:DSCN1997TavistockSqGandhi.jpg|Gandhi statue from North.Image:Hiroshima Tree base with blossums, Tavistock Sq Gardens.jpg|Plaque at the base of the Hiroshima cherry tree amid fallen blossoms.Image:DSCN1999TavistockSqConcObj.jpg|Conscientious Objector memorial, on the North side of the Square.Image:Conscientious Objector memorial, Tavistock Sq Gardens.jpg|Conscientious Objector memorial inscriptionImage:DSCN1994LouisaBrandrethAldrich-Blake.jpg|Memorial to Louisa Aldrich-Blake

See also

Other squares on the Bedford Estate in Bloomsbury included:

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