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Sussex Gardens Open Space Westminster

Summary

Sussex Gardens Open Space is a triangular garden at the western end of Sussex Gardens, functioning as a setting to St James's Church, which was built in 1841-43. The land was part of the Ecclesiastical Commissioner's Paddington Estate. The garden was originally private, for the use of occupiers of certain adjoining houses, and managed by a Committee of occupiers. The garden has notable London plane trees; a central bed may coincide with a circular feature shown on the 1872 OS map. New landscaping includes box-edged beds and wooden frames for climbing plants.

Basic Details

Previous / Other name:
Sussex Gardens Triangle

Site location:
Sussex Gardens, Paddington

Postcode:
W2 3UA ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Public Gardens

Date(s):
1841-43

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
LB II*: St James's Church

Borough:
Westminster

Site ownership:
WCC

Site management:
Parks Service (Contractors: Continental Landscapes Ltd)

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
8am - dusk

Special conditions:
No dogs

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
Tube: Paddington (Circle, District, Hammersmith & City, Bakerloo), Lancaster Gate (Central)

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/11/2007
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.westminster.gov.uk

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ266809

Size in hectares:
0.168

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
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:
Bayswater

Tree Preservation Order:
No

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
None

Fuller information

Sussex Gardens Open Space is a triangular garden at the western end of Sussex Gardens (q.v.), surrounded by roads, functioning as a setting and foreground to St James's Church. The church was designed by John Goldicutt and George Gutch and built in 1841-43, later remodelled by G E Street in 1882. The land was part of the Ecclesiastical Commissioner's Paddington Estate. The garden was originally private, for the use of occupiers of certain adjoining houses, and managed by a Committee of occupiers. Expenses of maintenance were assessed proportionately on the houses, and the Trustees had the power to undertake maintenance work in case of neglect. In 1928 the garden is described as 'surrounded by a thin hedge and laid out with lawns and flower beds'. The garden has notable London plane trees; a central bed may coincide with a circular feature shown on the 1872 OS map. New landscaping includes box-edged beds and wooden frames for climbing plants, and there are bedding displays. The garden is bounded by recent railings.

Sources consulted:

H Colvin, 'A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840', (London 1978); Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England London 3: North West' (1991, reprinted 1999); Report of the Royal Commission on London Squares, 1928

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