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Bloomsbury, London
Russell Square in Bloomsbury, London
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeRussell Square in Bloomsbury, London - Credit: C. Ford

 Peter Pan opens in Bloomsbury, London. Developed by the Russell family in the 17th and 18th centuries, Bloomsbury was considered a fashionable residential area. It is famous for the British Museum, and is the location of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, the beneficiary of Peter Pan's royalties following the donation of the copyright in 1929 by J. M. Barrie.

 In 1086, Bloomsbury was described in the Domesday Book as having vineyards and "woods for 100 pigs." In 1201, William de Blemond acquired the land and the Bloomsbury name developed from Blemondisberi, or Blemond manor.

The Plaque at the Entrance to Coram Fields
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe Plaque at the Entrance to Coram Fields - Credit: Oosoom at Wikimedia Commons

The distinctive Bloomsbury Group made its home here. With members including Virginia Woolf and E. M. Forster, this group of artistic English intellectuals was politically active and Bohemian, meeting from the early 1900s until the 1930s.



One of Bloomsbury's lesser known parks is Coram's Fields. Dedicated to children in 1936, it has a duck pond, sand pits, a pet corner and playground. It boasts one unique quality – an adult unsupervised by a child is not permitted to enter, a fact that would have tickled Peter Pan immensely.