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Chelsea Green Kensington & Chelsea
Summary: Chelsea Green is a fragment of the old Chelsea Common, a small triangular public garden at the junction of streets laid out by 1836. Between 1674 and 1695 the common was enclosed and charges for grazing funded the restoration of Chelsea's old parish church. This area was developed from the 1790s onwards after building leases were granted by land-owner George Cadogan.
Previous / Other name: Chelsea Common
Site location: Elystan Street/Cale Street
Postcode: SW3 > Google Map
Type of site: Public Gardens
Date(s): 1830s
Listed structures:
Borough: Kensington & Chelsea
Site ownership: RB Kensington & Chelsea
Site management: Leisure Services, Parks and Open Spaces
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities: none
Public transport: Tube: Sloane Square (District, Circle), South Kensington (District, Circle, Piccadilly)
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/02/2010
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Fuller information:

A tiny fragment of green at the south end of Elystan Street, this is all that remains of Chelsea Common, which once extended to what is now Fulham Road in the north and in the south ran from King's Road to Chelsea. The common was enclosed for 21 years between 1674 and 1695 and charges for grazing funded restoration of the parish church, which is now known as Chelsea Old Church. Development over the Common begun c.1790 when George Cadogan was granted a building lease and most of the Common Fields and Pasture were developed by 1836, leaving a small triangular area of fields and market gardens, themselves later built over. The present small area known as Chelsea Green, also triangular in shape, is to the south of that remnant, a meeting of a number of streets laid out by 1836. It is divided by a footpath, which broadens at the centre to offer space for facing seats. The two small grassed areas are surrounded by traditional low round headed railings with a tree in each and bedding displays.

Sources consulted:

Chelsea Conservation Area Proposals Statement
Grid ref: TQ273784
Size in hectares: 0.015
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
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: Chelsea
Tree Preservation Order: No
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation: Strategic View corridor

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