Open Squares in London, no.2

The 4.5 acres of Belgrave Square were planted by Thomas Cubitt in 1826 – today it is quite simply stunning – parkland in the centre of London for residents of the square.

Belgrave Square

Eaton Square was started in 1826 for the Duke of Westminster, the landowner.

Eaton Square

Eaton Square

Chester Square was laid out in 1828-40 by the first Duke of Westminster and his architect, Thomas Cundy.

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St Michael's Church, Chester Square

Eccleston Square dates from 1928 when Thomas Cubitt designed a 3-acre garden to replace the existing swamp. Today the garden is filled with unusual plants and trees and includes the National Ceanothus Collection.

Eccleston Square

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Open Squares in London, no.1

I visited several squares on Sunday 14 June – all amazing! Kensington Square is one of the earliest garden squares in London, with layout beginning in 1692.

Kensington Square
Kensington Square
Kensington Square
Kensington Square

Queen’s Gate Gardens was laid out in the 1860s and we were asked to note the mulberry tree and the catalpa, both from the original plantings.

Hereford Square was built between 1845-50 and is actively managed by the residents, with many interesting and beautiful plants and trees.

The Hereford Arms at Hereford Square

Hereford Square
Hereford Square

Hereford Square

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