Bradshaw’s Hand Book to London, 1862, Day 8, Gibson Square (no.64)

The Milner-Gibson Estate in Islington was developed from 1823 on land leased from William Tufnella major landowner in the area. Thomas Milner-Gibson (1806-88) was head of the family at this time. (Portraits from Hardwick House.)

Theberton Street was first laid out and these ‘pillar houses’ are at each end of the street.

Theberton Street
Theberton Street

The east and west sides of Gibson Square are uniform, with a ‘temple’ front at the ends.

Gibson Square houses with 'Temple' front at the ends of the square
Gibson Square houses with ‘Temple’ front at the ends of the square
East side of Gibson Square, looking northwards
East side of Gibson Square, looking southwards

Gibson Square

Looking towards the west side of Gibson Square
Looking towards the west side of Gibson Square across the central gardens

The gardens were quiet and peaceful and at one end the rather odd Greek ‘temple’ is a ventilator shaft for the Victoria line, designed by Raymond Erith and built 1968-69.

Raymond Erith's Greek Temple ventilation shaft in Gibson Square
Raymond Erith’s Greek Temple ventilation shaft in Gibson Square

 

You may be interested in
The Ventilator Shaft
Walk the Squares of Islington
The history of Barnsbury and King’s Cross

3 comments

  1. That’s a rather impressive ventilation shaft! There is a great one in New Cross for some former toilets, although they pre-date Bradshaw by around 30 years.

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