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Arundel and Elgin Communal Garden (Ladbroke Estate) * Kensington & Chelsea
   

Arundel and Elgin Communal Garden (Ladbroke Estate) *

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* on The National Heritage List for England, Parks & Gardens

Arundel and Elgin Communal Garden is 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. The garden has mature trees, shrubs and other planting, with a tall plane tree in the centre.
   
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Site location: Kensington Park Road/Ladbroke Grove
Postcode: W11 2ER
Type of site: Garden Square 
Date(s): 1852-1862
Designer(s): Thomas Allason, architect and surveyor (overall plan of Ladbroke Estate)
Listed structures:
Borough: Kensington & Chelsea
Site ownership: private
Site management:
Open to public? Occasionally
Opening times: Has opened for OGSW. Otherwise private, for keyholders only
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport: Tube: Ladbroke Grove (Hammersmith & City), Notting Hill Gate (District/Circle/Central). Bus 23, 52, 228, 452
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/10/2007
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.arundelandelgingarden.org

Fuller information:

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 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.

Arundel and Elgin Communal Garden is bounded by terraced houses on Elgin Crescent, built 1852 to the north and Arundel Gardens, built 1862-3 to the south, as part of the residential development of Ladbroke Grove. Small private gardens lead to a broad level communal garden dominated by a huge central plane tree. The oval enclosure surrounded by privet hedge is flanked by lawns backed by beds of flowering shrubs. The complex mid C19th path layout has been simplified and some of the original internal railings survive. Today it is an informal garden with mature trees, plants and shrubs still laid out to the original Victorian design shown on an old map of 1862. Protected under 1851 Garden Square Act.

Sources consulted:

EH Register entry for Ladbroke Estate, 2002/3. See www.arundelandelgingarden.org
Grid ref: TQ245810
Size in hectares: 0.5148
   
On EH National Register : Yes
EH grade : Grade II
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
Yes
 
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: 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: No
Other LA designation:
   

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