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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.
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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 only
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.

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
Grid ref: TQ244808
Size in hectares: 0.48
   
On EH National Register : Yes
EH grade: Grade II
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: 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:
   

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