Inventory Site Record

Ormonde Gate (Kensington & Chelsea)

Brief Description

This is the rear communal gardens for residents of Ormonde Gate, which was named after Ormonde House, built on this site in 1691 and the residence of the Duchess of Ormonde in the 1730s. The communal garden was accessed from the rear of the houses, the rear elevation designed as formally as the front.

Practical Information
Site location:
Ormonde Gate/Royal Hospital Road
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Type of site:
Garden Square
Kensington & Chelsea
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Full Site Description

Ormande Gate was built on the site of Ormonde House, which overlooked Burton's Court. The house was built in 1691 by Thomas Hill, principal mason for the Royal Hospital (q.v.) who was also responsible for statuary at St Paul's Cathedral and many Royal palaces. From 1705 Lord Pelham lived here and from 1730-33 it was the home of Mary, Duchess of Ormonde. In the early C19th the house was used as a Maritime School and from 1829 it became a Discipline School for young girls established by Elizabeth Fry; it is marked as such on Cassells' Map of 1860. It was part of the Cadogan Estate, and among the last sites to be developed. On Stanford's 'Map of London and Its Suburbs' of 1862 a short terrace, Ormond Row, is shown at the south end of Smith Street overlooking Burton's Court; Ormonde Gate is recorded as a name from 1906. The first Duke of Ormonde, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, laid the foundation stone for a Royal Hospital for soldiers of the Irish army in Dublin in 1680, which was likely to have inspired Sir Stephen Fox when the Royal Hospital in Chelsea was founded.

Sources consulted:

RBKC Royal Hospital Conservation Area Proposals Statement nd

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ277780 (527780,178050)
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Site management:
late C19th-early C20th
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On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

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.

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Conservation Area name:
Royal Hospital
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