London Parks & Gardens Trust

Anticlockwise Kensington Walk

Earls Court Square

Earls Court Square

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Directions

Leave Nevern Square at the southeast corner and turn right at Trebovir Road (don't miss the charming little white cottage labelled '1888') then left into Warwick Road. You will find you are opposite the main entrance to the massive Earls Court Exhibition Hall. When it opened in 1937, this was the largest reinforced concrete building in Europe. The second turning on the left leads you into Earls Court Square with its stucco-fronted Italianate houses. The garden is entered from the south.

Description

Earl's Court Square was developed as part of the Edwardes Estate. Building of the square began from 1868/72, the south side the last to be completed. The name derives from the courthouse of the Earls of Warwick and Holland, formerly Lords of the Manor. The communal garden for the use of lessees of the surrounding houses was a simple rectangle with grass, paths leading to a central circular feature and around the perimeter; at one time there were tennis courts. In later years poor maintenance by the owners led to the formation of a Residents Association, who sought to rectify this. A Garden Committee was established in 1974 and improvements have included new steel railings, an irrigation system and flood-lighting, new garden shed, circular seating around the central plane tree and children's play equipment.