Lansdowne Crescent Garden (Ladbroke Estate) * (Kensington & Chelsea)
* on The National Heritage List for England, Parks & Gardens
Part of the Ladbroke Estate, laid out as a planned garden suburb with a coherent layout of concentric crescents and large communal gardens whose features were first suggested in a plan by architect and estate surveyor Thomas Allason in 1823. His scheme was later modified by others, including James Thomson, although Allason remained involved until his death in 1852. Building started in the 1840s; the outer concentric crescents date from the 1860s. During the lull in building development, the land was leased for a time for a racecourse, the Hippodrome, which operated from 1837-41.
- Site location:
- Lansdowne Crescent
- Type of site:
- Garden Square
- Thomas Allason, architect and surveyor (overall plan of Ladbroke Estate)
- Listed structures:
- LBII: block of flats by Maxwell Fry on Ladbroke Grove
- Kensington & Chelsea
- Site ownership:
- ?Ladbroke Estate
- Site management:
- Open to public?
- Opening times:
- private, for keyholders only
Has taken part in Open Garden Squares Weekend 22 times, most recently in 2019.
- Special conditions:
- Public transport:
- Tube: Ladbroke Grove (Hammersmith & City), Holland Park (Central), Notting Hill Gate (Central, District). Bus: 23, 52, 70, 452
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.
- Grid ref:
- TQ245807 (524544,180702)
- Size in hectares:
- On EH National Register :
- EH 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:
- Yes - Borough Importance II
- Green Belt:
- Metropolitan Open Land:
- Special Policy Area:
- Yes - Area of Archaeological Importance
- Other LA designation:
Ladbroke Estate: Site on The National Heritage List for England, Parks & Gardens, for Register Entry see https://www.historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list
Lansdowne Crescent Garden is part of the Ladbroke Estate, laid out as a planned garden suburb with a coherent layout of concentric crescents and large communal gardens whose features were first suggested in a plan by architect and estate surveyor Thomas Allason in 1823. His scheme was later modified by others, including James Thomson, although he remained involved until his death in 1852. During the lull in building development, the land was leased for a time for a racecourse, the Hippodrome, built by John Whyte in 1837. The venture floundered, the course proving too heavy going, and it only operated from 1837-41. Building started in the 1840s; the outer concentric crescents date from the 1860s. After Allason's death, artist and designer Thomas Allom was responsible for the next phase of development.
This garden is at the crest of the hill, bounded along its curving west side by semi-detached villas along Lansdowne Crescent, which were built 1844-5, and their private gardens. The Vicarage to St John's Church is in the southern corner of the garden. To the east, the garden is bounded by a tall terrace of houses along Ladbroke Grove of 1841-2, which was originally terminated at each end by houses with large private gardens that have been replaced by C20th blocks of flats, that to the south designed by Maxwell Fry in 1938. There are no private gardens along the east side, which has a raised terrace. The original path layout has been simplified and an additional path created across the centre of the garden. Most of the garden is open but there are roses trained on poles and pergolas.
EH Register entry for Ladbroke Estate, 2002/3
Rosmead Garden - Photo: London Gardens Trust
Date taken: 10/06/18 15:48
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