In the coming year the Hyde Park Estate will celebrate its 150th anniversary.
This tranquil and charming area in the heart of central London is lesser know than other historic estates but is a much sought after residential location, just a stone’s throw from Hyde Park.
The Hyde Park Estate is owned by and cared for by the Church Commissioners. The land is bounded by Sussex Gardens in the south-west, Edgware Road to the east and Bayswater Road, which runs along the northern edge of Hyde Park, to the south, sitting between Lancaster Gate and Marble Arch.
Developed in the 19th century, the Hyde Park Estate originally belonged to Bishop of London. The first homes on the Estate were erected in 1807 and completed during the 1850s, showcasing a Georgian model grid pattern.
In 1868, The Estate was transferred to the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, the predecessor to the Church Commissioners.
The Second World War took its toll on the Hyde Park Estate. During and following the war, it was said that “a blight is cast over the estate”. The once manicured homes and gardens were left disclaimed or had lapsed leases, causing Paddington Borough Council to repossess the properties and consequently refurbish them to a poor standard.
However, during the 1950s, the Estate was substantially redeveloped resulting in numerous architecturally significant new buildings, such as 25 Porchester Place, The Water Gardens and The Quadrangle. These modern residential towers are prime examples of the architectural style of the ’50s.
The Church Commissioners also created a conservation strategy in the 11970s to preserve the historic buildings and maintain the original Georgian architecture of the area. The Estate is now in the Bayswater Conservation Area of Westminster.
Today, the Hyde Park Estate is flourishing with independent brands and vibrant restaurants along Connaught Village, a treasure trove of blue and green plaque houses with notable past residents including Lady Violet Bonham-Carter, William Makepeace Thackeray and Lord Randolph Churchill, and whimsical gardens and events for all to enjoy.
The Church Commissioners reflected on the Estate of modern day stating, “The Church Commissioners are committed to the enhancement of the quality and value of their assets. This can be seen in the recent high-end development of small to medium sized residential units and the emergence of high-end commercial units in Connaught Village. The result is an affluent and unique village atmosphere in the centre of London.”
Visit the Hyde Park Estate website to find out more.