Redcliffe Square, SW10

Road in/near Chelsea, existing between 1869 and now

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Redcliffe Square, SW10

Chelsea

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JUNE
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2018

Redcliffe Square was built as part of the Gunter estate in the 1860s.

Despite the land being originally in different ownerships, the houses were built to matching designs by the estate architects, George and Henry Godwin between 1869-76. The name Redcliffe was chosen due to the Godwins’s connections with Bristol.

The area was dominated by farmland prior to building development and Redcliffe Gardens used to be one of the old routes through the area, called Walnut Tree Walk, until the estate was laid out.

Robert Gunter initiated most of the development of the estate.

This square was given to the Borough for free in 1949 providing its character was maintained.

The Church of St Luke’s and a private garden (now public) provide the central focus.


Main source: https://planningconsult.rbkc.gov.uk/gf2.ti/f/551330/17175333.1/PDF/-/Boltons_CAA__FINAL_Sept_2015__low_res.pdf
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Launceston Place, W8 Launceston Place is a street in Kensington.
Laverton Place, SW5 Laverton Place is a road in the SW5 postcode area
Lexham Gardens, SW5 Lexham Gardens is a road in the SW5 postcode area
Lexham Gardens, W8 Lexham Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Lexham Mews, W8 Lexham Mews is a street in Kensington.
Lots Road, SW10 Lots Road, older than the surrounding streets, was once Pooles Lane which was a track leading to Chelsea Farm.
Maltings Place, SW6 Maltings Place is one of the streets of London in the SW6 postal area.
Marloes Road, SW5 Marloes Road is a road in the SW5 postcode area
Marloes Road, W8 Marloes Road runs north from the Cromwell Road.
Marlogs Road, W8 Marlogs Road is a street in Kensington.
Maxwell Road, SW6 Maxwell Road is a road in the SW6 postcode area
Maynard Close, SW6 Maynard Close is one of the streets of London in the SW6 postal area.
McLeod’s Mews, SW7 McLeod’s Mews is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Meldon Close, SW6 Meldon Close is one of the streets of London in the SW6 postal area.
Michael Road, SW6 Michael Road is one of the streets of London in the SW6 postal area.
Micheal Road, SW6 Micheal Road is one of the streets of London in the SW6 postal area.
Moore Park Road, SW6 Moore Park Road is one of the streets of London in the SW6 postal area.
Munro Terrace, SW10 Munro Terrace is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Musgrave Crescent, SW6 Musgrave Crescent is one of the streets of London in the SW6 postal area.
Netherton Grove, SW10 Netherton Grove is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Nightingale Place, SW10 Nightingale Place is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Old Brompton Road, SW5 Old Brompton Road is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Old Brompton Road, SW6 Old Brompton Road is a road in the SW6 postcode area
Old Manor Yard, SW5 Old Manor Yard is a road in the SW5 postcode area
Osten Mews, SW7 Osten Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Owen Close, UB4 Owen Close is a road in the UB4 postcode area
Palace Gate, W8 Palace Gate was previously part of Gloucester Road and developed in the 1860s
Palace Place Mansions, W8 Palace Place Mansions is a street in Kensington.
Pearscroft Road, SW6 Pearscroft Road is one of the streets of London in the SW6 postal area.
Pennant Mews, W8 Pennant Mews is a street in Kensington.
Peterborough Villas, SW6 Peterborough Villas is a road in the SW6 postcode area
Petersham Mews, SW7 Petersham Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Plaza, SW10 Plaza is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Prince Of Wales Terrace, W8 Prince Of Wales Terrace is a street in Kensington.
Priory Walk, SW10 Priory Walk and Milborne Grove both have development on one side of the road only and together they book-end Harley Gardens.
Queen’s Gate Mews, SW7 This is a street in the SW7 postcode area
Queen’s Gate Terrace, SW7 This is a street in the SW7 postcode area
Queens Gate Gardens, SW7 Queens Gate Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Radley Mews, W8 Radley Mews is a street in Kensington.
Redcliffe Close, SW5 Redcliffe Close is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Redcliffe Gardens, SW10 Redcliffe Gardens began life as Walnut Tree Walk, a pathway running through nurseries and market gardens.
Redcliffe Mews, SW10 Redcliffe Mews is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Redcliffe Place, SW10 Redcliffe Place is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Redcliffe Road, SW10 Redcliffe Road is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Redcliffe Street, SW10 Redcliffe Street is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Redfield Lane, SW5 Redfield Lane is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Reston Place, SW7 Reston Place is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Rosary Gardens, SW7 Rosary Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Rumbold Road, SW6 Rumbold Road is one of the streets of London in the SW6 postal area.
Ryecroft Street, SW6 Ryecroft Street is a road in the SW6 postcode area
Scarsdale Place, W8 Scarsdale Place is a street in Kensington.
Scarsdale Villas, W8 Scarsdale Villas is a street in Kensington.
Seymour Walk, SW10 Seymour Walk was almost entirely built between the 1790s-1820s in an area then known as Little Chelsea.
Slaidburn Street, SW10 Slaidburn Street is a street in London
South Bolton Gardens, SW5 South Bolton Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
South End Row, W8 South End Row is a street in Kensington.
South End, W8 South End is a street in Kensington.
Southwell Gardens, SW7 Southwell Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Spear Mews, SW5 Spear Mews is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
St Albans Grove, W8 St Albans Grove is a street in Kensington.
St Lukes Church Hall, SW10 St Lukes Church Hall is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
St Margarets Lane, W8 St Margarets Lane is a road in the W8 postcode area
St. Mary’s Gate, W8 St. Mary’s Gate is a road in the W8 postcode area
St. Mary’s Place, W8 St. Mary’s Place is a road in the W8 postcode area
Stamford Gate, SW6 Stamford Gate is a road in the SW6 postcode area
Stanford Road, W8 Stanford Road is a road in the W8 postcode area
Stanhope Mews West, SW7 Stanhope Mews West is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Stokenchurch Street, SW6 Stokenchurch Street is a road in the SW6 postcode area
Stone Hall Gardens, W8 Stone Hall Gardens is a street in Kensington.
Stratford Road, W8 Stratford Road is a street in Kensington.
Tadema Road, SW10 Tadema Road was named after Lawrence Alma-Tadema
Tetcott Road, SW10 Tetcott Road is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Thackeray Street, W8 Thackeray Street is a street in Kensington.
The Boltons, SW10 The Boltons is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
The Boltons, SW5 The Boltons is a road in the SW5 postcode area
The Chambers, SW10 The Chambers is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
The Crainewell, SW6 The Crainewell is one of the streets of London in the SW6 postal area.
The Little Boltons, SW10 The Little Boltons - originally called "The Grove" - connects Old Brompton Road with Tregunter Road.
The Mansions, SW5 The Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
The Plaza, SW10 The Plaza is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Thistle Grove, SW10 Thistle Grove is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Thorndike Close, SW10 Thorndike Close is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Tregunter Road, SW10 Development began at the east end of Tregunter Road in 1851 and was complete by 1866 at the west end.
Tyrawley Road, SW6 Tyrawley Road is a road in the SW6 postcode area
Upcerne Road, SW10 Upcerne Road is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Uverdale Road, SW10 Uverdale Road is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Victoria Grove, W8 Victoria Grove is a street in Kensington.
Victoria Road, W8 Victoria Road is a street in Kensington.
Walham Green Court, SW6 Walham Green Court is one of the streets of London in the SW6 postal area.
Wandon Road, SW6 Wandon Road is a road in the SW6 postcode area
Wansdown Place, SW6 Wansdown Place is one of the streets of London in the SW6 postal area.
Wardens Square, SW6 Wardens Square is one of the streets of London in the SW6 postal area.
Waterford Road, SW6 Waterford Road is one of the streets of London in the SW6 postal area.
Weir Road, SW17 Weir Road is a road in the SW17 postcode area
West Road, SW10 West Road is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Westgate Terrace, SW10 Westgate Terrace is a road in the SW10 postcode area
Wetherby Gardens, SW5 Wetherby Gardens is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Wetherby Mansions, SW5 Wetherby Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW5 postal area.
Wetherby Mews, SW5 Wetherby Mews is a road in the SW5 postcode area
Wetherby Place, SW7 Wetherby Place is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Wharfedale Street, SW10 This is a street in the SW10 postcode area
Whistler Walk, SW10 Whistler Walk is one of the streets of London in the SW10 postal area.
Wrights Lane, W8 Wrights Lane is a street in Kensington.
Young Street, W8 Young Street, named after the developer of Kensington Square, was in use as a road by 1685.


Chelsea

Chelsea is an affluent area, bounded to the south by the River Thames.

Its eastern boundary was once defined by the River Westbourne, which is now in a pipe above Sloane Square tube station. The modern eastern boundary is Chelsea Bridge Road and the lower half of Sloane Street, including Sloane Square, along with parts of Belgravia. To the north and northwest, the area fades into Knightsbridge and South Kensington, but it is safe to say that the area north of King’s Road as far northwest as Fulham Road is part of Chelsea.

The word Chelsea originates from the Old English term for chalk and landing place on the river. The first record of the Manor of Chelsea precedes the Domesday Book and records the fact that Thurstan, governor of the King’s Palace during the reign of Edward the Confessor (1042–1066), gave the land to the Abbot and Convent of Westminster. Abbot Gervace subsequently assigned the manor to his mother, and it passed into private ownership. The modern-day Chelsea hosted the Synod of Chelsea in 787 AD.

Chelsea once had a reputation for the manufacture of Chelsea buns (made from a long strip of sweet dough tightly coiled, with currants trapped between the layers, and topped with sugar).

King Henry VIII acquired the manor of Chelsea from Lord Sandys in 1536; Chelsea Manor Street is still extant. Two of King Henry’s wives, Catherine Parr and Anne of Cleves, lived in the Manor House; Princess Elizabeth – the future Queen Elizabeth I – resided there; and Thomas More lived more or less next door at Beaufort House. In 1609 James I established a theological college on the site of the future Chelsea Royal Hospital, which Charles II founded in 1682.

By 1694, Chelsea – always a popular location for the wealthy, and once described as ’a village of palaces’ – had a population of 3000. Even so, Chelsea remained rural and served London to the east as a market garden, a trade that continued until the 19th-century development boom which caused the final absorption of the district into the metropolis.

Chelsea shone, brightly but briefly, in the 1960s Swinging London period and the early 1970s. The Swinging Sixties was defined on King’s Road, which runs the length of the area. The Western end of Chelsea featured boutiques Granny Takes a Trip and The Sweet Shop, the latter of which sold medieval silk velvet caftans, tabards and floor cushions, with many of the cultural cognoscenti of the time being customers, including Keith Richards, Twiggy and many others.

The exclusivity of Chelsea as a result of its high property prices has historically resulted in the term Sloane Ranger to be used to describe its residents. From 2011, Channel 4 broadcast a reality television show called Made in Chelsea, documenting the ’glitzy’ lives of several young people living in Chelsea. Moreover, Chelsea is home to one of the largest communities of Americans living outside of the United States, with 6.53% of Chelsea-residents being born in the United States.
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