London Parks & Gardens Trust

Upper Chelsea and Belgravia

Cadogan Square

Cadogan Square

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Directions

Leave Hans Place from here and cross over Pont Street, using the traffic island. Turn left and then immediately right into Cadogan Square. Walk up the road and turn right when you reach the square garden, walking around it with the gardens to your left.

Continue walking to a set of gates on your left, opposite number 60, where there is a view into the square. The sculpture is Dancer with Bird by David Wynne.

Carry on along the side of the square, turning left and crossing the road towards No. 75 at the next corner.

If you are visiting this garden on Open Garden Squares Weekend, be careful to check the opening times.

Description

Cadogan Square was built in the late 19th century by the Cadogan and Hans Place Estate Company. The houses which surround the square were one of the first major 19th-century developments to be built in red brick rather than stucco.

The square was built on the site of Henry Holland's own mansion, which originally opened on to Hans Place. The mansion had a miniature landscape park, including a 16-acre meadow, formal flowerbeds laid out in French fashion and a Gothic ice-house.

The novelist Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) lived at No. 75 from 1921 until shortly before his death. He was the author of many novels, including Clayhanger, and in his later years was the highest-paid literary journalist in England, working for the London Evening Standard. He died of typhoid, contracted as a result of drinking a glass of tap water in France, which he had done to demonstrate the purity of the nation's water supply.