Inventory Site Record

Sunningdale Gardens (Kensington & Chelsea)

Brief Description

This area of Earl's Court was developed between 1852-62, prior to which it was fields. Probably the smallest garden square in the borough, this communal garden was provided for residents of Sunningdale Gardens, sandwiched between the terraces either side and blocked off at one end. Its layout today probably dates from the 1930s, with informal planting, a metal arch with roses, decorative lamp post and paving.

Practical Information
Previous / Other name:
Cleveland Terrace Garden
Site location:
Stratford Road/Abingdon Road junction
W8 6PX
What 3 Words:
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 17 times, most recently in 2014.
Special conditions:
Public transport:
Tube: Earls Court (District, Piccadilly); High Street Kensington (District, Circle). Bus: 9, 10, 27, 28, 49, 328, 74.
Research updated:
Last minor changes:

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Full Site Description

Development here followed the earlier developments nearby such as Edwards Square and Pembroke Square (q.q.v) and ribbon development along the main road, later Kensington High Street. This terrace was originally called Cleveland Terrace Gardens and was developed at the same time as other late Victorian terraces such as Abingdon Road Terraces. The terraces of Sunningdale Gardens are described as 'one of the most accomplished examples of this style, having a selection of the many interesting decorative features still in good repair' (RBKC Edwardes Square Scarsdale and Abingdon Conservation Area Policy Statement). The small communal garden is sandwiched between the terraces either side and blocked off at the end. Sunningdale Gardens is probably the smallest square in the borough. It is owned by the freeholders and maintenance is carried out paid for with precept charged as part of RB Kensington and Chelsea council tax. Layout of the current garden and paths probably dates from the 1930s, with informal planting and a metal arch with roses, decorative lamppost and paving, creating the atmosphere of a country garden. In 2002 it won the Community Effort Cup awarded by RB Kensington and Chelsea, a 'reward for E F Benson-ish neighbourly spirit as much as horticulture' (London Garden Squares Day booklet, 2002). It enjoys the historic right to graze pigs, not lately exercised.

Sources consulted:

London Gardens Squares Day 2002 booklet; RBKC Edwardes Square Scarsdale and Abingdon Conservation Area Policy Statement

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ253790 (525380,179010)
Size in hectares:
Site ownership:
Site management:
Garden Committee of residents
Listed structures:
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:
Conservation Area name:
Edwardes Square, Scarsdale and Abingdon
Tree Preservation Order:
Nature Conservation Area:
Green Belt:
Metropolitan Open Land:
Special Policy Area:
Other LA designation:

Sunningdale Gardens

Sunningdale Gardens - Photo: Sarah Jackson
Date taken: 12/06/05 12:39

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