London Parks & Gardens Trust

Clockwise Kensington Walk

Hereford Square

Hereford Square

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Directions

Continue along the south side of Queen's Gate Gardens to the junction with Gloucester Road. Turn left, cross the busy Cromwell Road and pass the tube station on your right. Gloucester Road (which used to be called Hogmire Lane) continues beyond the junction with Harrington Gardens / Stanhope Gardens to form the east side of Hereford Square, where you will see the Hereford Arms pub, a very popular local hostelry.

Description

Hereford Square is a private communal garden provided for residents of the surrounding houses, part of the Day Estate developed from 1847-52 by architect Thomas Holmes. Benjamin Day had married Ann Dodemead in 1743, whose father had land here, and they built Hereford Lodge (demolished 1840s) on what is now the south-west corner of the square. The central garden was part of the original plan and completed by 1848; it has mature trees, paths, lawn, shrub and flowerbeds. Among famous residents was Sir James Barrie, author of 'Peter Pan' who lived at 133 Gloucester Road. During WWII, the garden was used as baseball ground by American soldiers. The bill for broken windows in the pub has not yet been paid.