The history of Dolphin Square is a colourful one. Completed in 1937 by builders Costain on the former site of a government-owned army clothing factory, it is a feat of engineering which during World War 2 became the HQ of General de Gaulle’s Free French, an ambulance station and a hospital whilst enduring the blitz. All the while, ‘normal’ residents remained at Dolphin Square. The complex has had various owners since World War 2.
The art deco architecture may at first seem imposing, but to walk through the arches is to enter another world – that of famous seafarers whose names proudly adorn the thirteen houses that comprise the Dolphin Square.