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Cadogan Square Gardens

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Cadogan Square is a fine example of Queen Anne revival architecture of the 1870s and 1880s favouring red brick rather than stucco, which was carried out by the Cadogan Estate and Hans Place Estate. The private communal garden has fine mature trees, areas of lawn, ornamental planting, roses, gravel paths, a rustic shelter and tennis courts. A circular planted feature has a figurative statue in its centre by David Wynne, 'Dancer with Bird', 1975 and a collection of David Austen roses. The garden suffered in the storms of 1987, losing many plane trees, and was subsequently replanted with ornamental trees. Former residents included poet John Betjeman and novelist Arnold Bennett.
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Site location: Cadogan Square/Milner Street
Postcode: SW1X 0EE > Google Map
Type of site: Garden Square
Date(s): 1870s/80s
Designer(s):
Listed structures: LBII*: Nos 4, 52, 68, 72 Cadogan Square. LBII: Nos 1, 3-57 (odd), 6-16 (even) 22-48 (even), 50, 54-58 (even), 60, 61, 62B, 63-79 (odd), 64, 66, 70, 74, 84 Cadogan Square.
Borough: Kensington & Chelsea
Site ownership: The Cadogan Estate
Site management: The Cadogan Estate
Open to public? Occasionally
Opening times: Has opened for OGSW. Otherwise private, for keyholders only
Has taken part in Open Garden Squares Weekend 14 times, most recently in 2014.
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Facilities:
Events:
Public transport: Tube: Knightsbridge (Piccadilly), Sloane Square (District/Circle). Bus: C1, 19, 22, 137, 452
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/06/2010
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.cadogan.co.uk

Fuller information:

This area was once within the Manor of Chelsea, whose owners included Westminster Abbey and Henry VIII. The manaor was purchased by Hans Sloane in 1712, and on his death his estate was divided between his daughters, one of whom, Elizabeth, was married to Charles Cadogan, taking the eastern part, which became the Cadogans' London estate. Cadogan Square was one of the first major C19th developments, and is a fine example of Queen Anne revival architecture of the 1870s and 1880s favouring red brick rather than stucco, which was carried out by the Cadogan Estate and Hans Place Estate. The development of Cadogan Square has been described as 'a rarity, as seldom has such a diversity of architects contributed to a single speculative housing scheme in London (including R. Norman Shaw, J J Stevenson, George Devey, A J Adams, G T Robinson, Ernest George and H A Peto)' (Hans Town Conservation Area Proposals Statement).

The east side was designed by a single architect, G T Robinson, and has a homogenous character while the west side shows great variety of fa├žade individuality due to having been developed incrementally by a variety of different architects. The south side was designed by J J Stevenson; Arnold Bennett (1867-1931), novelist, lived at no. 75. In the south-west corner are three houses by Norman Shaw (1831-1913).

The garden has fine mature trees, areas of lawn, ornamental planting, roses, gravel paths, a rustic shelter and tennis courts. A circular planted feature has a figurative statue in its centre by David Wynne, 'Dancer with Bird', 1975 and a collection of David Austen roses. The garden suffered in the storms of 1987, losing many plane trees, and was subsequently replanted with ornamental trees. The southern garden enclosure is protected under the 1863 Garden Square Act. John Betjeman referred to the square in a poem praying for protection from WWII bombing: 'Lord, put beneath Thy special care, One-eighty-nine Cadogan Square'.

Sources consulted:

RBKC Hans Town Conservation Area Proposals Statement, 2000
Grid ref: TQ277789
Size in hectares: 0.7911 ?check
   
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
Yes
 
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:
In Conservation Area: Yes
Conservation Area name: Hans Town
Tree Preservation Order: Not known
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation:
   

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