Plaque: Bloomsbury Group - Brunswick Square
Erection date: 23/10/2015
Bloomsbury Group members: Virginia Woolf, Duncan Grant, Adrian Stephen, Leonard Woolf & John Maynard Keynes lived in a house on this site, 1911 - 1912.
UCL School of Pharmacy
Keynes's brother Geoffrey also lived here. The house was occupied by at least some of the Bloomsburies and Keyneses, 1911-15. Grant and Keynes occupied the ground floor. Virginia's rooms were on the second floor. Leonard Woolf occupied the smaller, less elegant rooms on the third floor. We guess the basement was used by servants, primarily Sophie Farrell, their cook, and the first floor for entertaining, of which they did a lot.
Virginia and Leonard spent most of 1912 becoming engaged (she was reluctant) finally marrying in August. But her depression persisted and in September 1913 she took an overdose of veronal here and her life was saved by Geoffrey, a qualified surgeon, and a stomach pump.
Site: Bloomsbury Group - Brunswick Square (1 memorial)
WC1, Brunswick Square, UCL School of Pharmacy
In the days of the Bloomsbury Group this was no. 38 Brunswick Square.
When questioned on her ‘scandalous’ decision to share this house with four men, Virginia's dismissive response was that if anything went wrong the Foundling Hospital was on their doorstep.