Inventory Site Record

Hans Place Garden *

Hans Place Garden * (Kensington & Chelsea)

Brief Description

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

Hans Place Garden was provided as an amenity for residents of the surrounding houses when the area was developed by Henry Holland from 1777 onwards for the Cadogan Estate. Hans Place is named after Sir Hans Sloane. At one time within the Manor of Chelsea, land in the area had been purchased by Sloane in 1712; on his death his estate was divided between his two daughters, the eastern part going to Elizabeth, becoming the Cadogan Estate on her marriage to Charles Cadogan. The oval wooded garden is railed with an inner oval of trees and shrubs around a lawn, and contains a variety of tree and shrub species. A memorial to the son of Herbert Spencer is set into the railings facing both into the garden and also onto the adjoining street where there is a drinking fountain.

Practical Information
Site location:
Hans Place
Postcode:
SW1
Type of site:
Garden Square
Borough:
Kensington & Chelsea
Open to public?
By appointment only
Opening times:
Otherwise private, for keyholders only
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport:
Tube: Knightsbridge (Piccadilly)

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/10/2007
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

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

Hans Place is within the area of 'Hans Town' developed by Henry Holland from 1777 onwards, named after Sir Hans Sloane. At one time within the Manor of Chelsea, land in the area had been purchased by Sloane in 1712; on his death his estate was divided between his two daughters, the eastern part going to Elizabeth, becoming the Cadogan Estate on her marriage to Charles Cadogan. The original architectural form has been encroached by later development from 1880s on although the distinctive form of Hans Place is retained, and the mature central gardens act as a unifying element. The railed garden is enclosed by privet hedge with an inner oval of trees and shrubs around a lawn, with lesser clumps of trees and shrubs. Mature trees include fine planes and chestnut, lime, acacia, catalpa, ginkgo; other species include flowering cherry, holly, hydrangea, laurels, laurustinus, lilac, malus, philadelphus, prunus, sorbus and thorn. A memorial to the son of Herbert Spencer in red granite with a broken column is set into the railings so that it faces into the garden and also onto street, with drinking fountain on the outside.

Sources consulted:

EH Register: B Cecil, 'London Parks and Gardens', 1907 p123; N Pevsner, London except . . . Westminster', 1952, p99. Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England London 3: North West' (Penguin, 1999 ed); RBKC Hans Town Conservation Area Proposals Statement, 2000

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ277792 (527752,179256)
Size in hectares:
0.4346
Site ownership:
private
Site management:
Date(s):
1780s
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
LBII: Nos. 14, 16-22 (consec.), 23-27 (consec.) Hans Place
On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

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

No
Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:

Yes

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:
No
In Conservation Area:
Yes
Conservation Area name:
Hans Town
Tree Preservation Order:
Not known
Nature Conservation Area:
No
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
No
Special Policy Area:
No
Other LA designation:
None
Photos

Hans Place Garden *

Photo: Colin Wing

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