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Lansdowne Road and Lansdowne Crescent Garden (Ladbroke Estate) * Kensington & Chelsea

Summary

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

Lansdowne Road and Lansdowne Crescent Garden is part of the Ladbroke Estate, laid out as a planned garden suburb with a coherent layout of concentric crescents and large communal gardens whose features were first suggested in a plan by architect and estate surveyor Thomas Allason in 1823. His scheme was later modified by others, including James Thomson, although he remained involved until his death in 1852. Building started in the 1840s; the outer concentric crescents date from the 1860s. During the lull in building development, the land was leased for a time for a racecourse, the Hippodrome, which operated from 1837-41. After Allason's death, artist and designer Thomas Allom was responsible for the next phase of development.

Basic Details

Site location:
Lansdowne Road/Lansdowne Crescent

Postcode:
W11 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Garden Square

Date(s):
c.1840-60

Designer(s):
Thomas Allason, architect and surveyor (overall plan of Ladbroke Estate)

Listed structures:
LBII: 19-28 and 29-38 Lansdowne Crescent

Borough:
Kensington & Chelsea

Site ownership:
private

Site management:

Open to public?
Occasionally

Opening times:
Has opened for OGSW. Otherwise private, for keyholders onlyHas taken part in Open Garden Squares Weekend in the past.

Special conditions:

Facilities:
playground

Events:

Public transport:
Tube: Ladbroke Grove (Hammersmith & City). Bus: 23, 52, 70

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:
TQ244808

Size in hectares:
0.48

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:
Ladbroke

Tree Preservation Order:
Not known

Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Borough Importance II

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
None

Fuller information

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

Part of the Ladbroke Estate, laid out as a planned garden suburb with a coherent layout of concentric crescents and large communal gardens whose features were first suggested in a plan by architect and estate surveyor Thomas Allason in 1823. His scheme was later modified by others, including James Thomson, although he remained involved until his death in 1852. Building started in the 1840s; the outer concentric crescents date from the 1860s. During the lull in building development, the land was leased for a time for a racecourse, the Hippodrome, which operated from 1837-41. After Allason's death, artist and designer Thomas Allom was responsible for the next phase of development.

This is a curving triangular-shaped garden on steep slope, backed by terraced houses on 2 sides, Lansdowne Crescent (1860-2) to the south and Lansdowne Road (1860-4) to the north. Part of original path layout survives with some mature ash, supplemented by late C20th trees and shrubs and with a playground inserted. Protected under 1863 Garden Square Act.

Sources consulted:

EH Register entry for Ladbroke Estate, 2002/3

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