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Kildare Gardens Westminster
Summary: Kildare Gardens is a small town square, part of a development of c.1850-55. The garden was provided for the use of residents of the surrounding houses and was maintained by a Committee of residents. The garden remains in the private ownership of Kildare Gardens Committee although it is now open to the public. Re-landscaping was carried out in the early 1990s and included a serpentine brick path through the garden, which is now part grassed and part brick-paved. The path meanders through the garden from one entrance to a circular seating feature at the other end and a small informal grass area at the heart of the space.
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Site location: Kildare Gardens, Talbot Road, Bayswater
Postcode: W2 > Google Map
Type of site: Garden Square; Public Gardens
Date(s): 1850-55
Listed structures:
Borough: Westminster
Site ownership: Kildare Gardens Committee
Site management: WCC Parks Service (contractor: Continental Landscapes Ltd)
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: 8am - dusk
Special conditions: No dogs
Public transport: Tube: Royal Oak (Hammersmith & City)
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/12/2007
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Fuller information:

In the early C20th the garden enclosure of Kildare Gardens was in the private ownership of Col. C W Sofer Whitburn and Mrs M F Christie, who also owned the garden enclosure of Kensington Gardens Square (q.v.). In 1928 the garden was described as 'a long narrow enclosure laid out as a lawn and containing a number of trees'. The planting today consists of a number of mature lime trees, with perimeter shrubs that include bamboo, laurel, privet and lauristinus, together with a small area of lawn and bedding displays. The informal shrub and herbaceous planting creates a softer edge around the site boundary formed by recent bow-top railings with the addition of a low wall around the circular seating area.

Sources consulted:

Report of the Royal Commission on London Squares, 1928
Grid ref: TQ254812
Size in hectares: 0.044
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
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: Westbourne
Tree Preservation Order: Yes
Nature Conservation Area: Yes - Local Importance
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: Yes - Area of protected family housing
Other LA designation:

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