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Paultons Square Kensington & Chelsea

Summary

The private communal garden was provided for residents of Paultons Square, which was built in 1836-40 as part of the development of the Sloane Stanley Estate. It is named after George Stanley of Paultons in Hampshire, who married the daughter of Sir Hans Sloane, Lord of the Manor of Chelsea in the C18th. It is the westernmost of the squares leading off King's Road and the site was formerly a market garden. The garden was redesigned in celebration of the Millennium.

Basic Details

Site location:
Paultons Square

Postcode:
SW3 5DP ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Garden Square

Date(s):
1836/40

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
LBII: Nos 1-56 Paultons Square (consecutive) and rear garden wall of houses on west side.

Borough:
Kensington & Chelsea

Site ownership:
private

Site management:

Open to public?
Occasionally

Opening times:
Has opened for OGSW. Otherwise private, for keyholders only
Has taken part in Open Garden Squares Weekend 19 times, most recently in 2017.

Special conditions:

Facilities:
play equipment

Events:

Public transport:
Tube: Sloane Square (District, Circle). London Overground/Tube (District): West Brompton. Bus: 11, 19, 22, 49, 211

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/06/2009
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ269777

Size in hectares:
0.3535

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

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:
Cheyne

Tree Preservation Order:
Not known

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
None

Paultons Square

Photo: Gavin Gardiner

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Fuller information

This is the westernmost of the squares that lead off King's Road. It was owned entirely by the Sloane Stanley Estate Trustees and is one of the best preserved examples of its time in the borough. In 1928 it was owned by Major Sloane Stanley who maintained the garden 'with the aid of voluntary subscriptions from a few occupiers' and it was described as 'a long narrow enclosure planted with shrubs and containing some fine trees. Overlooked by dwelling-houses'. A plaque has the following inscription: 'Paultons Square is named after George Stanley of Paultons in Hampshire who lived in the 18th century and married Sir Hans Sloane's daughter. The houses in the square were built circa 1840 and represent a fine example of a uniform square in late Georgian style' . The houses on three sides face onto the elongated central garden, with King's Road as the fourth side. The garden has modern railings, lawns, flowerbeds and shrubs, a sundial; its fine trees include gingko, and mature planes at either end; an east/west gravel path is flanked by new trees.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England London 3: North West' (Penguin, 1999 ed); RBKC Cheyne Conservation Area Proposals Statement (nd); Report of the Royal Commission on London Squares, 1928

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