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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.
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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:
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
Public transport: Tube: Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly)
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/05/2011
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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
Grid ref: TQ284804
Size in hectares:
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: 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:

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