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Mount Street Gardens, London

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The Mount Street Gardens is a public garden off Mount Street in the west of the Mayfair area of London, created in 1889. They were created out of a former burial ground of St George's, Hanover Square, and named after the Mount Field, an area including a fortification dating from the English Civil War named Oliver's Mount.
The land was originally sold by Sir Richard Grosvenor, 4th Bart. to the Commission for Building Fifty New Churches in 1723 as part of his development of the area around Mount Street, to serve as a burial ground for the parish church, St. George's, located in Hanover Square. Beside the burial ground, on South Audley Street, was planned the Grosvenor Chapel, but this was not built until 7 years after the burial ground was laid out, in 1730.
To the north of the ground, the site of what is now 103 Mount Street, was the parish's workhouse, wherein the poor were given work, board, and lodgings, built in 1725 and then enlarged in the 1780s to provide room for the parish watchmen's watch-house and the parish office.
In the 1850s, Parliament passed a series of Burial Acts by which burial grounds in central London, such as that of St. George's, were to be closed due to health risks. The parish's other burial ground, on Bayswater Road, closed shortly afterwards, and the City of Westminster Cemetery, Hanwell in west London was used instead.
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  • They say there used to be a cemetery on the site of this garden. In the nineteenth century it was a favorite place of the nobility. Around the garden were mansions, one of which is now a school for children under sixteen.
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  • Hidden away in the heart of Mayfair is this large public garden. There's two entrances into the garden, but both are not clearly visible from the streets. So it was a nice surprise to find a peaceful ...  more »
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