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South Street Garden Westminster

Summary

South Street Garden was planned as the centrepiece for new housing built for the Grosvenor Estate, one of three new gardens created on the estate's land in Mayfair that had previously been occupied by stables and other ancillary buildings. It was part of the 10-year programme drawn up by Estate Surveyor Edmund Wimperis when he was appointed in 1910. The private garden, inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, has lawn, sunken lily pond with brick and tile walls, and a perimeter path with herring bone patterning. Integrated into the brick and tile garden wall is a picturesque potting shed. A large plane tree predates the early C20th layout.

Basic Details

Site location:
South Street/Waverton Street, Mayfair

Postcode:
W1 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Private Garden

Date(s):
c.1914/15

Designer(s):
Esmund Wimperis

Listed structures:
None

Borough:
Westminster

Site ownership:
Grosvenor Estate

Site management:
Grosvenor Estate Gardens Department

Open to public?
No

Opening times:
Private, access for residents/guests only

Special conditions:
garden rules include no pets, no ball games by anyone over 5 years old, no bicycles

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
Tube: Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly)

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/05/2011
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.grosvenor-gardens.co.uk/SouthStreetGarden

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ284804

Size in hectares:

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:
No

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:
Mayfair

Tree Preservation Order:
No

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:

Special Policy Area:
Yes - Central Activities Zone

Other LA designation:
None

Fuller information

The planting scheme in South Street Garden may have been inspired by the 2nd Baron Aberconway, who had built his house at No.38 South Street and was President of the Royal Horticultural Society. He had a fine garden at Bodnant, Cornwall, completed in 1914. The other two gardens laid out for the Grosvenor Estate in Mayfair are Green Street Garden and Halkin Street Garden (q.q.v.).

Sources consulted:

History on Grosvenor Gardens website

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