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Chalcot Gardens Camden

Summary

Between Chalcot Gardens and Englands Lane is a narrow strip of shrubbery forming the common frontage of the houses of Chalcot Gardens, built in the 1880s and named after a farm which existed as Chaldecote Farm by 1253. By the C17th there was an Upper and a Lower Chalcots Farm, the latter later giving its name to Chalk Farm. An C18th owner of Upper Chalcot Farm, James England, gave his name to the road although it had existed for many years past as a path to the farm.

Basic Details

Site location:
England's Lane/Chalcot Gardens

Postcode:
NW3 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Housing/Estate Landscaping

Date(s):
1880s

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
LBII: No. 16 Chalcot Gardens

Borough:
Camden

Site ownership:
private

Site management:

Open to public?
No

Opening times:
private, but visible from Englands Lane

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
Tube: Belsize Park, Chalk Farm (Northern). Bus: 24, 46, 168 (walk)

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/04/2002
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ276846

Size in hectares:
0.0788

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
Yes

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No

In Conservation Area:
Yes

Conservation Area name:
Eton

Tree Preservation Order:
Not known

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
Not known

Other LA designation:
Private Open Space. London Squares Preservation Act of 1931

Chalcot Gardens

Chalcot Gardens, August 2002. Photo: S Williams

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Fuller information

Between Chalcot Gardens and Englands Lane is a narrow strip of shrubbery forming the common frontage of the houses of Chalcot Gardens, built in the 1880s and named after a farm that existed as Chaldecote Farm by 1253. By the C17th there was an Upper and a Lower Chalcots Farm, the latter later giving its name to Chalk Farm. An C18th owner of Upper Chalcot Farm, James England, gave his name to the road although it had existed for many years past as a path to the farm. The shrubbery and line of trees are behind a low brick wall onto Englands Lane, some of which is original with brick/stone gate piers remaining and in the centre a stone plaque inscribed 'Chalcot Gardens'. The wall originally had railings. The land had been owned by The Provost and College of Eton and building on the shrubbery was prohibited under the London Squares and Enclosures (Preservation) Act of 1906. The area attracted artists and No. 16 Chalcot Gardens was probably built as a studio in the grounds of No.39 Englands Lane with extensions added c.1898 by C F A Voysey for the artist AJ Whalley, The illustrator Arthur Rackham lived here between 1903-20.

Sources consulted:

Camden Listed Buildings website; Christopher Wade ed., 'The Streets of Belsize', Camden History Society Street History Group, 1991

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