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Hans Place Garden * Kensington & Chelsea

Summary

* on The National Heritage List for England, Parks & Gardens

Hans Place Garden was provided as an amenity for residents of the surrounding houses when the area was developed by Henry Holland from 1777 onwards for the Cadogan Estate. Hans Place is named after Sir Hans Sloane. At one time within the Manor of Chelsea, land in the area had been purchased by Sloane in 1712; on his death his estate was divided between his two daughters, the eastern part going to Elizabeth, becoming the Cadogan Estate on her marriage to Charles Cadogan. The oval wooded garden is railed with an inner oval of trees and shrubs around a lawn, and contains a variety of tree and shrub species. A memorial to the son of Herbert Spencer is set into the railings facing both into the garden and also onto the adjoining street where there is a drinking fountain.

Basic Details

Site location:
Hans Place

Postcode:
SW1 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Garden Square

Date(s):
1780s

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
LBII: Nos. 14, 16-22 (consec.), 23-27 (consec.) Hans Place

Borough:
Kensington & Chelsea

Site ownership:
private

Site management:

Open to public?
By appointment only

Opening times:
Otherwise private, for keyholders only

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
Tube: Knightsbridge (Piccadilly)

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/10/2007
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ277792

Size in hectares:
0.4346

Green Flag:
Yes

On EH National Register :
Yes

EH grade:
Grade II

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:
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:
None

Hans Place Garden *

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Fuller information

Site on The National Heritage List for England, Parks & Gardens, for Register Entry see https://www.historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list

Hans Place is within the area of 'Hans Town' developed by Henry Holland from 1777 onwards, named after Sir Hans Sloane. At one time within the Manor of Chelsea, land in the area had been purchased by Sloane in 1712; on his death his estate was divided between his two daughters, the eastern part going to Elizabeth, becoming the Cadogan Estate on her marriage to Charles Cadogan. The original architectural form has been encroached by later development from 1880s on although the distinctive form of Hans Place is retained, and the mature central gardens act as a unifying element. The railed garden is enclosed by privet hedge with an inner oval of trees and shrubs around a lawn, with lesser clumps of trees and shrubs. Mature trees include fine planes and chestnut, lime, acacia, catalpa, ginkgo; other species include flowering cherry, holly, hydrangea, laurels, laurustinus, lilac, malus, philadelphus, prunus, sorbus and thorn. A memorial to the son of Herbert Spencer in red granite with a broken column is set into the railings so that it faces into the garden and also onto street, with drinking fountain on the outside.

Sources consulted:

EH Register: B Cecil, 'London Parks and Gardens', 1907 p123; N Pevsner, London except . . . Westminster', 1952, p99. Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England London 3: North West' (Penguin, 1999 ed); RBKC Hans Town Conservation Area Proposals Statement, 2000

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