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Egerton Crescent Gardens Kensington & Chelsea
Summary: Egerton Crescent Gardens are private communal gardens provided for residents of the adjacent houses, which were built in 1843 as part of the Smith's Charity Estate. The Trustees of the Estate began building on the estate land from 1823, appointing George Basevi as estate architect in 1828. The garden is bordered by its original railings and privet hedging, and has lawn, shrubs and mature trees.
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Site location: Egerton Crescent
Postcode: SW3 > Google Map
Type of site: Garden Square
Date(s): 1843
Listed structures: LBII: Nos.25-29 (consec.) Egerton Crescent
Borough: Kensington & Chelsea
Site ownership: Wellcome Trust
Site management:
Open to public? No
Opening times: private, for keyholders only
Special conditions:
Public transport: Tube: South Kensington (District, Circle, Piccadilly)
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/10/2007
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Fuller information:

This was part of the Smith's Charity Estate, which was a substantial land holding from the time of the bequest of the City merchant Henry Smith, who died in 1628. The stuccoed terraces with their delicate cast iron balconies were probably designed by architect George Basevi and built in 1843. The garden enclosure has its original sturdy railings, a privet hedge that provides privacy, and among the trees are mature robinia pseudoacacia and plane. Owned by the Trustees of the Smith's Charity Estate, in 1928 the garden was described as 'surrounded by thick privet hedge and shrubs, and laid out as a garden with well-kept lawns, &c. Contains some well-grown trees. Overlooked by dwelling-houses'. It was maintained by a Garden Committee, and it was available for use by lessees of the houses adjoining the garden who paid a proportion of the expense; the leases expired in 1941.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England London 3: North West' (Penguin, 1999 ed); RBKC Thurloe Estate & Smith's Charity Conservation Area Policy Statement; Report of the Royal Commission on London Squares, 1928
Grid ref: TQ272789
Size in hectares: 0.2784
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: Thurloe Estate & Smith's Charity
Tree Preservation Order: Yes - Area of trees
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation:

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