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Holly Village Camden

Summary

Holly Village is a small garden estate comprising a group of 12 former estate cottages designed by Henry A Darbishire for Baroness Burdett-Coutts to house her trusted retainers close to her residence, Holly Lodge, which was further to the north and now the site of the early C20th Holly Lodge Estate. Picturesquely grouped around a private garden in model village style, the 2-storey cottages are cottage ornée in style. The central garden has three grass terraces linked by gravel paths, and is entered from the street through a central archway. The estate's rural atmosphere is enhanced by the lattice fencing and dense holly hedges that surround it.

Basic Details

Site location:
Swain's Lane/Chester Road

Postcode:
N6 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Housing/Estate Landscaping

Date(s):
1865

Designer(s):
H.A. Darbyshire

Listed structures:
LBII*: 1-12 Holly Village. LBII: 2 lamp posts.

Borough:
Camden

Site ownership:
private

Site management:

Open to public?
No

Opening times:
private, partially visible through gateway

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
Tube: Kentish Town (Northern) then bus. London Overground: Gospel Oak then bus. Bus: C11.

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/03/2002
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ285865

Size in hectares:

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:
No

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:
Dartmouth Park

Tree Preservation Order:
Not known

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
None

Fuller information

Holly Village is a group of 12 former estate cottages designed by Henry A Darbishire for Baroness Angela Burdett-Coutts to house her trusted retainers close to her residence, Holly Lodge, which was further to the north and now the site of the early C20th Holly Lodge Estate (q.v.). Darbishire's design for the cottage estate has been described as 'fantasy Gothic' and it is redolent with ornamental detailing in its pinnacles, turrets and chimneys, statuary and stone busts and animals on the gabled roofs. Picturesquely grouped around a private garden in model village style, the 2-storey cottages are cottage ornée in style and were built in 1865 by William Cubitt who employed Italian craftsmen for the wood carving; they are of multi-coloured stock brick with stone dressings, having slate roofs with decorative cresting. The central garden is entered from the street through a central gabled drop archway flanked by Nos. 1 & 2 Holly Village. Over the archway is the inscription 'Holly Village erected by A G B Coutts AD 1865'. Two lamp posts outside Nos. 3 and 12 date from c1865 and were manufactured by The Thames Cast Iron Company, London. The estate's rural atmosphere is enhanced by the lattice fencing and dense holly hedges that surround it.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 4: North (Penguin, 1998); Victoria County History; LB Camden, Dartmouth Park Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Statement, 2009.

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