Building work has progressed apace over the winter of 2015-16 and this may be the last chance for a look at the new accommodation block from across the square before the leaves come out on the large plane trees. Work to renovate the gardens is also afoot and they will benefit greatly from their refresh.
The only statue in the gardens is of John Cartwright (1740-1824) who wrote The English Constitution, in which he outlined his ideas on universal suffrage. He believed in government by the people and legal equality which he considered could only be achieved by secret ballot and equal electoral districts. Cartwright Gardens, originally Burton Crescent after the builder, were named after him.