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Inventory Site Record

Stanley Gardens North (Ladbroke Estate) * (Kensington & Chelsea)

Brief Description

* 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. After Allason's death, artist and designer Thomas Allom was responsible for the next phase of development, which included Stanley Gardens.

Practical Information
Site location:
Stanley Crescent/Kensington Park Road
Postcode:
W11
What 3 Words:
dance.visit.loops
Type of site:
Garden Square
Borough:
Kensington & Chelsea
Open to public?
Occasionally
Opening times:
Has opened for OGSW. Otherwise private, for keyholders only
Has taken part in Open Garden Squares Weekend 6 times, most recently in 2004.
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport:
Tube: Holland Park (Central), Notting Hill Gate (Central/Circle/District), Ladbroke Grove (Hammersmith & City). Bus: 7, 23, 52, 94.
Research updated:
01/06/2010
Last minor changes:
19/07/2023

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

Full Site Description

Ladbroke Estate: Site on The National Heritage List for England, Parks & Gardens, for Register Entry see https://www.historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list. The Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England was established in 1984 and was commonly called English Heritage. In April 2015 it split into 2 separate entities, Historic England (HE), which continues to champion and protect the historic environment, and the English Heritage Trust, whose role is to look after the 400+ historic sites and monuments owned by the state. HE manages the National Heritage List for England (NHLE) that includes over 400,000 items ranging from prehistoric monuments to office blocks, battlefields and parks, which benefit from legal protection.

The Ladbroke Estate was 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. 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. After Allason's death, artist and designer Thomas Allom was responsible for the next phase of development.

Stanley Gardens North slopes steeply to the north between terraced stucco houses along Stanley Gardens by Thomas Allom, 1854 to the south and the terrace along Ladbroke Gardens of 1858-62 to the north. The garden was designed without private gardens and has a broad terraced path along the south side. The mid C19th path layout survives along the perimeter although a central cross path has gone. There are fine trees including hawthorns, limes and a weeping wych elm in the centre, and these trees have been supplemented by late C20th planting of flowering trees including a magnolia. A pleasant shady garden on a north facing slope, it has fine trees and shrubs with new herbaceous planting, with particularly splendid garden fronts on the south side of the square. Protected under 1851 Garden Square Act.

Sources consulted:

EH Register entry for Ladbroke Estate, 2002/3

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ247808 (524714,180836)
Size in hectares:
0.3562
Site ownership:
private
Site management:
Date(s):
1852/53
Designer(s):
Thomas Allason, architect and surveyor (overall plan of Ladbroke Estate)
Listed structures:
LBII: 1-11 Stanley Gardens
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:
Ladbroke
Tree Preservation Order:
Not known
Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Borough Importance II
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
No
Special Policy Area:
Yes - Site of Archaeological Importance (part)
Other LA designation:
None

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