Open Gardens 2011: Maughan Library, King’s College London

Just off Chancery Lane, opposite the Law Society, sits the former Public Records Office building.  Today this space is a library.

During WW1 the garden to the side was allotments.  King’s College employed George Carter to design a new garden, which was built by James Weston.

The garden is a green garden, planted with hornbeam, pleached limes and yew.  Rooms have been created, with spaces left to guide the eye over the most important views, as can be seen here in my picture.

I recommend a stop off here.

In 2010 the Confucian Academy of Hong Kong donated a bronze statute of Confucius to King’s and this take centre stage in the middle ‘room’.  Normally closed to the public, the garden is open for Open Garden Squares Weekend.

The library building - impressive Victorian public building architecture

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