Inventory Site Record

No.100 Cheyne Walk * (Kensington & Chelsea)

Brief Description

* on The National Heritage List for England, Parks & Gardens

This private town garden was designed for Sir Hugh Lane in 1909 by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the planting plan by Gertrude Jekyll, as part of the refurbishment of his house at No. 100 Cheyne Walk. The house stands on what was once part of the site occupied by the C17th Lindsey House, famous as the residence of the 3rd Earl of Lindsey, Lord Great Chamberlain to Charles II. Reinstatement of the 1909 plan for the rear garden has been undertaken since 1983.

Practical Information
Previous / Other name:
Lindsey House
Site location:
100, Cheyne Walk
SW10 0DQ
What 3 Words:
Type of site:
Private Garden
Kensington & Chelsea
Open to public?
Opening times:
Opens on one day for London Open House. Otherwise private
Special conditions:
Public transport:
Tube: Fulham Broadway (District)/ Sloane Square (District, Circle)
Research updated:
Last minor changes:

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Full Site Description

Site on The National Heritage List for England, Parks & Gardens, for Register Entry see https://www.historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list. The Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England was established in 1984 and was commonly called English Heritage. In April 2015 it split into 2 separate entities, Historic England (HE), which continues to champion and protect the historic environment, and the English Heritage Trust, whose role is to look after the 400+ historic sites and monuments owned by the state. HE manages the National Heritage List for England (NHLE) that includes over 400,000 items ranging from prehistoric monuments to office blocks, battlefields and parks, which benefit from legal protection.

No. 100 Cheyne Walk is on part of the site once occupied by Lindsey House (now taken up by Nos.96-101 Cheyne Walk). The house was rebuilt in 1674 for the third Earl of Lindsey incorporating fabric of the previous C16th house. It was divided into separate dwellings in c.1775. No. 100 together with No. 99 were modified in the late C19th by George Devey.

The rear walled garden was laid out by Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll for Sir Hugh Lane, and runs south-east / north-west, with the house at the south-east end. It consists of a central lengthwise lawn flanked to left and right by paved paths and further strips of lawn on the outer side. The original plan had a paved circular pool at the centre of the lawn, which was planted with box in 1985, at which time two paved areas were made, enclosed by sections of yew hedge. A flower border is along the north-east wall, with twin alcoves in the north-west wall at the end of the two paved paths. The path on the south-west side of the garden has a colonnade at the house end with steps down to a second terrace that used to be the kitchen beside the house. The north-west wall had a niche (held by the National Trust) like others at the end of the garden. Trees and shrubs include a mulberry in the west centre of the garden and a plane tree at the north-west end. The flower border was replanted in 1985 in keeping with Jekyll's planting as part of the reinstatement of the garden in the 1980s undertaken by the then owner John Stefanidis with the assistance of garden designer Arabella Lennox-Boyd. The work is described in her book, 'Private Gardens of London' (1990).

Sources consulted:

EH Register listing: LCC Survey of London IV, 1913, pp35-41; J. Brown, 'Gardens of a Golden Afternoon', 1985, pp184/5; Sir L Weaver 'Houses and Gardens by Sir Edwin Lutyens', 1925, pp295-6; Arabella Lennox-Boyd, 'Private Gardens of London', London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1990; RBKC Cheyne Conservation Area Proposals Statement (nd)

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ268774 (526830,177490)
Size in hectares:
Site ownership:
National Trust, leased to private tenant
Site management:
Lutyens and Jeykyll (back garden)
Listed structures:
LBII*: 96-101 Cheyne Walk
On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

NHLE grade:
Grade II
Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:


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:
In Conservation Area:
Conservation Area name:
Tree Preservation Order:
Not known
Nature Conservation Area:
Green Belt:
Metropolitan Open Land:
Special Policy Area:
Other LA designation:

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