Chester Square

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This article is about the garden square in London. For the garden square in Boston, see Chester Square (Boston).

Coordinates: 51°29′43″N 0°8′59″W / 51.49528°N 0.14972°W / 51.49528; -0.14972

Chester Square
St. Michael's Church, Chester Square

Chester Square is a small residential garden square located in London's Belgravia district. Along with its sister squares Belgrave Square and Eaton Square, it is one of the three garden squares built by the Grosvenor family when they developed the main part of Belgravia in the 19th century. Chester Square is named after the city of Chester, near to which Eaton Hall—the ancestral home of the Grosvenor family—is situated.[1]

The property at 32 Chester Square was used as a filming location for the music video of the Morrissey song "Suedehead".

1–13 and 14–23, 24–32, 37–39, 42–45, 45a, 45b, 65–76 and 77–80, 80a, and 84–88 Chester Square and the Mews Arch are all listed Grade II for their architectural merit.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

The gardens are Grade II listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. They are not open to the public.[10][11]

St. Michael's Church[edit]

The Anglican Church of Saint Michael in Chester Square was built in 1844 along with the rest of the square, and consecrated two years later. The Ecclesiologist magazine criticised the opening, saying it was "an attempt - but happily a most unsuccessful one - to find a Protestant development of the Christian styles".[citation needed] The church is in the late Decorated Gothic style, with an exterior of Kentish Ragstone. The architect was Thomas Cundy the younger.[12]

Notable residents[edit]

The Reverend Canon W H Elliott, a broadcaster on religious matters for the BBC, and known as "the Radio Chaplain", was vicar of St Michael's in the mid-20th century.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walford, Edward (1878). 'The western suburbs: Belgravia', Old and New London. pp. 1–14. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  2. ^ Historic England, "1–13 Chester Square (1357284)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 15 February 2016 
  3. ^ Historic England, "14–23 Chester Square (1219270)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 15 February 2016 
  4. ^ Historic England, "24–32 Chester Square (1066274)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 15 February 2016 
  5. ^ Historic England, "37–39 Chester Square (1066275)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 15 February 2016 
  6. ^ Historic England, "42–45 Chester Square (1219286)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 15 February 2016 
  7. ^ Historic England, "65–76 Chester Square (1219297)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 15 February 2016 
  8. ^ Historic England, "Nos 77 to 80 (consec), 80a and Mews Arch, Chester Square (1066276)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 15 February 2016 
  9. ^ Historic England, "84-88 Chester Square (1219312)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 15 February 2016 
  10. ^ "Chester Square". London Gardens Online. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  11. ^ Historic England, "Chester Square (1001675)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 16 February 2016 
  12. ^ Ben Weinreb and Christopher Hibbert. The London Encyclopaedia (1992 ed.). Macmillan. p. 770. ISBN 0-333-57688-8. 
  13. ^ Faithfull, Marianne (1995). Faithfull. Penguin. p. 182. ISBN 0-14-024653-3. 
  14. ^ Wilson, Alyson. "Church History & Guide" (PDF). Retrieved 25 July 2014.