Bloomsbury Square

Holborn (WC1) Originally called Southampton Square, it derives its present name from the manor and village of Lomesbury, or Bloomsbury, now occupied by the square and its surrounding streets. At Lomesbury our early monarchs had a large establishment for their horses and hawks. (Reference: Jesse's London, vol. III, p. 130) Many famous men have lived here. No. 6 bears a tablet with the following inscription "Isaac Disraeli, Author, lived here. Born 1766. Died 1846." He wrote Curiosities of Literature, etc., while living here. A tablet on Ellenborough House, No. 41, reads: "Here lived Edward Law, first Baron Ellenborough, Lord Chief Justice. Also Edward Law, first Earl of Ellenborough, Governor General of India." The Earls of Chesterfield lived at No. 45, also marked by a tablet. Steele resided in this square for three years Akenside, about ten years; Richard Baxter; Sir Hans Sloane; Sir Charles Sedley, etc.