Inventory Site Record

Paultons Square (Kensington & Chelsea)

Brief Description

The private communal garden was provided for residents of Paultons Square, which was built in 1836-40 as part of the development of the Sloane Stanley Estate. It is named after George Stanley of Paultons in Hampshire, who married the daughter of Sir Hans Sloane, Lord of the Manor of Chelsea in the C18th. It is the westernmost of the squares leading off King's Road and the site was formerly a market garden. The garden was redesigned in celebration of the Millennium.

Practical Information
Site location:
Paultons Square
Type of site:
Garden Square
Kensington & Chelsea
Open to public?
Opening times:
Has opened for OGSW. Otherwise private, for keyholders only
Has taken part in Open Garden Squares Weekend 21 times, most recently in 2019.
Special conditions:
play equipment
Public transport:
Tube: Sloane Square (District, Circle). London Overground/Tube (District): West Brompton. Bus: 11, 19, 22, 49, 211
Research updated:
Last minor changes:

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Full Site Description

This is the westernmost of the squares that lead off King's Road. It was owned entirely by the Sloane Stanley Estate Trustees and is one of the best preserved examples of its time in the borough. In 1928 it was owned by Major Sloane Stanley who maintained the garden 'with the aid of voluntary subscriptions from a few occupiers' and it was described as 'a long narrow enclosure planted with shrubs and containing some fine trees. Overlooked by dwelling-houses'. A plaque has the following inscription: 'Paultons Square is named after George Stanley of Paultons in Hampshire who lived in the 18th century and married Sir Hans Sloane's daughter. The houses in the square were built circa 1840 and represent a fine example of a uniform square in late Georgian style' . The houses on three sides face onto the elongated central garden, with King's Road as the fourth side. The garden has modern railings, lawns, flowerbeds and shrubs, a sundial; its fine trees include gingko, and mature planes at either end; an east/west gravel path is flanked by new trees.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England London 3: North West' (Penguin, 1999 ed); RBKC Cheyne Conservation Area Proposals Statement (nd); Report of the Royal Commission on London Squares, 1928

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ269777 (526903,177756)
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Listed structures:
LBII: Nos 1-56 Paultons Square (consecutive) and rear garden wall of houses on west side.
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.

On Local List:
In Conservation Area:
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Tree Preservation Order:
Not known
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Paultons Square

Paultons Square - Photo: Colin Wing
Date taken: 11/06/11 14:54

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