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Queen's Elm Square Kensington & Chelsea
   
Summary: Queen's Elm Square was built in 1904-6 for the Sloane Stanley Estate on a site behind the Queen's Elm public house. The houses overlook communal gardens with an access road at the front, behind which the two-and-a-half storey neo-Tudor half-timbered buildings have remained virtually unchanged since they were built.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: Old Church Street/South Parade
Postcode: SW3 > Google Map
Type of site: Garden Square
Date(s): 1904-6
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Listed structures:
Borough: Kensington & Chelsea
Site ownership: private
Site management:
Open to public? No
Opening times: private
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Public transport: Tube: South Kensington (District, Circle, Piccadilly) then bus
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:

By the early C17th, grand houses began to be established around the old village of Chelsea, among them those of Henry VIII and Sir Thomas More (Beaufort House). In subsequent decades more building took place both along the river as well as further inland particularly up Church Lane, now Old Church Street, which developed northwards to the Queen's Elm. This is where Queen Elizabeth I is supposed to have sheltered from the rain with Lord Burghley; the 'Queen's Tree' was recorded as early as 1586 and an arbour was built around it. Queen's Elm Square overlooks a garden enclosure, which has houses on three sides and Old Church Street as the fourth side. In 1928 the garden was described as 'very attractive', laid out as a lawn and enclosed by railings and hedge on the Church Street side and by low posts and rails on the other three sides. At that time it was provided for the use of lessees of the houses that overlooked it whose leases included a garden rate. A Committee of lessees maintained the garden out of the rates.

Sources consulted:

RBKC Chelsea Park / Carlyle Conservation Area Proposals Statement; Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England London 3: North West' (Penguin, 1999 ed) p587; Report of the Royal Commission on London Squares, 1928
Grid ref: TQ267782
Size in hectares: 0.0239
   
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
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: Chelsea Park / Carlyle
Tree Preservation Order: No
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation:
   

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