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Inventory Site Record

Queen's Elm Square (Kensington & Chelsea)

Brief Description

Queen's Elm Square was built in 1904-6 for the Sloane Stanley Estate on a site behind the Queen's Elm public house. The houses overlook communal gardens with an access road at the front, behind which the two-and-a-half storey neo-Tudor half-timbered buildings have remained virtually unchanged since they were built.

Practical Information
Site location:
Old Church Street/South Parade
Postcode:
SW3
What 3 Words:
flags.sooner.trade
Type of site:
Garden Square
Borough:
Kensington & Chelsea
Open to public?
No
Opening times:
private
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport:
Tube: South Kensington (District, Circle, Piccadilly) then bus
Research updated:
01/10/2007
Last minor changes:
19/07/2023

Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Full Site Description

By the early C17th, grand houses began to be established around the old village of Chelsea, among them those of Henry VIII and Sir Thomas More (Beaufort House). In subsequent decades more building took place both along the river as well as further inland particularly up Church Lane, now Old Church Street, which developed northwards to the Queen's Elm. This is where Queen Elizabeth I is supposed to have sheltered from the rain with Lord Burghley; the 'Queen's Tree' was recorded as early as 1586 and an arbour was built around it. Queen's Elm Square overlooks a garden enclosure, which has houses on three sides and Old Church Street as the fourth side. In 1928 the garden was described as 'very attractive', laid out as a lawn and enclosed by railings and hedge on the Church Street side and by low posts and rails on the other three sides. At that time it was provided for the use of lessees of the houses that overlooked it whose leases included a garden rate. A Committee of lessees maintained the garden out of the rates.

Sources consulted:

RBKC Chelsea Park / Carlyle Conservation Area Proposals Statement; Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England London 3: North West' (Penguin, 1999 ed) p587; Report of the Royal Commission on London Squares, 1928

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ267782 (526770,178220)
Size in hectares:
0.0239
Site ownership:
private
Site management:
Date(s):
1904-6
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
None
On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

No
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:
Chelsea Park / Carlyle
Tree Preservation Order:
No
Nature Conservation Area:
No
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
No
Special Policy Area:
No
Other LA designation:
None
Photos

Queen's Elm Square

Queen's Elm Square - Photo: Colin Wing
Date taken: 30/04/21 10:02

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