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Notting Hill Garden (Ladbroke Estate) * Kensington & Chelsea

Summary

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

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.

Basic Details

Site location:
Lansdowne Crescent/Lansdowne Rise

Postcode:
W11 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Garden Square

Date(s):
1840s

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

Listed structures:
None

Borough:
Kensington & Chelsea

Site ownership:
private

Site management:

Open to public?
No

Opening times:
private

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
Tube: Holland Park (Central), Notting Hill Gate (Central, Circle). Bus: 52, 452

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/06/2002
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ245806

Size in hectares:
0.2247

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:
check

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

The Ladbroke Estate was 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.

Notting Hill Garden is a small garden on the hill near St John's Church, bounded to the west by stucco mansions along Lansdowne Road of 1846 with C20th flats replacing bomb-damaged houses to the west, Lansdowne Crescent of 1846 to the north, and St John's Gardens of 1846 to the south-east. There are no houses along the east side but the garden is concealed from Lansdowne Crescent by privet hedge. The original path layout survives with a fine horse chestnut, supplemented by self-sown sycamores and late C20th tree planting.

Sources consulted:

EH Register entry for Ladbroke Estate, 2002/3

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