World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Torrington Square


Torrington Square

View of Torrington Square.
Armillary sphere sundial outside Birkbeck College in Torrington Square, unveiled on 12 June 2008 by Princess Anne to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the University of London External System.

Torrington Square is a square in Bloomsbury, owned by the University of London, located in central London, England.[1] Today it is a square in name only, most of the houses having been demolished by the university. The southern end of the square is dominated by the University of London's Senate House. Birkbeck College and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) are located here. To the southwest is Malet Street and to the southeast is Russell Square. The square is the site of a weekly farmers' market, held on Thursdays.[2]

Notable people

John Desmond Bernal lived in a flat at the top of no. 22. In November 1950, Pablo Picasso, a fellow communist, en route to a Soviet-sponsored[3] World Peace Congress in Sheffield created a mural in Bernal's flat.[4] In 2007, this became part of the Wellcome Trust's collection[5][6] for £250,000. It was displayed at the 2012 Tate Britain exhibition on Picasso and Modern British Art.[7]

See also

Other squares on the Bedford Estate in Bloomsbury included:



  1. ^ Torrington Square,].
  2. ^ Retrieved 25 June 2012
  3. ^ Eric Hobsbawm, Interesting Times, p. 181
  4. ^ Goldsmith 1980, p. picture
  5. ^ night that Picasso was a little plastered, The Times, 2 April 2007.
  6. ^ Picasso goes on show in London at Wellcome Collection, Culture24, UK, 14 January 2008.
  7. ^ "Picasso and Modern British Art: 15 February – 15 July 2012".  

External links

  • for Torrington Square

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.