SLOANE SQUARE is a small hard-landscaped square on the boundaries of
the central London districts of
Chelsea , located 2.1 miles (3.4 km ) southwest of
Charing Cross , in
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea . The area forms a
boundary between the two largest aristocratic estates in London, the
Grosvenor Estate and the Cadogan . The square was formerly known as
'Hans Town', laid out in 1771 to a plan of by Henry Holland Snr. and
Henry Holland Jnr. Both the square and Hans Town were named after Sir
Hans Sloane (1660–1753), whose estates owned the land at the time.
* 1 Location
* 2 History
* 3 Fountain
* 4 War memorial
* 5 Popular culture
* 6 See also
* 7 References
* 8 External links
The square lies at the east end of
Kings Road and at the south end of
the more conventionally smart
Sloane Street linking to
In the early 1980s, it lent its name to the "Sloane Rangers ", the
young underemployed, often snooty and ostentatiously well-off members
of the upper classes. On the northern side of the square is the Sloane
Square Hotel .
The square has two notable buildings. Peter Jones department store
Reginald Uren of the firm Slater Moberly and Uren in 1936
and now a Grade II* listed building on account of its early curtain
wall and modernist aesthetic, pioneering in the UK for a department
store . The building was carefully restored 2003-2007 with internal
upgrading in line with the original designs by John McAslan and
Partners . This included making the three storey atrium full-height.
Peter Jones now operates as part of the employee-owned John Lewis
The other is the
Royal Court Theatre
Royal Court Theatre first opened in 1888 which was
important for avant-garde theatre in the 1960s and 1970s when the home
English Stage Company .
100m from the Square in Sloane Terrace, the former Christian Science
Church was built in 1907 and converted in 2002 for concert hall use
Cadogan Hall . It is now one of London's leading classical music
In 2005 revised landscaping of the square was proposed, involving a
change to the road layout to make it more pedestrian friendly. One
option was to create a central crossroads and two open spaces in front
of Peter Jones and the Royal Court. The pedestrian area leading to
Pavilion Road now houses the flagship stores of many luxury brands
including Brora and Links of London. This option was put out to
consultation, and the results in April 2007 showed that over 65% of
respondents preferred a renovation of the existing square, so the
crossroads plan has been shelved. Since then, independent proposals
have been put forward for the square.
A short walk down
Kings Road from the Square is the National Army
Sloane Street , the
Church of England
Church of England parish church of
1890 (50m north of the Square) is sometimes known as the "Cathedral of
the Arts "> War memorial in Sloane Square.
Also in the square, positioned slightly off-centre, is a stone cross
that is known as Chelsea
War Memorial . Made of
Portland stone , and
designed by an unknown architect, the cross has a capped head on a
tapered shaft above a moulded three stage octagonal base. A large
bronze sword is affixed to its west face. The cross is surmounted on a
plinth which is inscribed with the following:
INVICTIS PAX IN MEMORY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF CHELSEA WHO GAVE
THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR MDCCCCXIV MDCCCCVIII AND MCMXXXIX MCMXLV
THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY THEIR SOULS TO THEIR GOD.
The monument has also been Grade II listed , since 2005.
This square is mentioned by
Morrissey in his song "Hairdresser on
Fire", which was a B-side on his 1988 "
Suedehead " single.
Doctor Who film Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. , the
Dalek spaceship lands in
Sloane Square amidst the ruins of 22nd
Sloane Square is mentioned by Owen in the third track "Love is Not
Enough" on L\'Ami du Peuple .
List of eponymous roads in London
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* ^ "Settlement and building: From 1680 to 1865, Hans Town: A
History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 12, Chelsea". London:
Victoria County History. 2004. pp. 47–51. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
* ^ "PETER JONES STORE,
Kensington and Chelsea - 1226626". Historic
England. 7 November 1984. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
* ^ Hunter, Will (April 2007). "Keeping up at Peter Jones
Features". www.building.co.uk. Building Magazine. Retrieved 15 July
* ^ "ROYAL COURT THEATRE,
Kensington and Chelsea - 1226628".
Historic England. 28 June 1972. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
* ^ "FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST SCIENTIST,
Kensington and Chelsea -
1226700". Historic England. 15 April 1969. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
* ^ Cadogan Hall
* ^ Richardbird.info, Independent proposal for improvement
* ^ "Sloane Square". www.gardenvisit.com. Retrieved 2017-07-18.
* ^ A B C Culture.gov.uk \'Proposal for Listing of
* ^ A B C \'Fountains of London\' - Secret London
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Venus Fountain (1391739)". National
Heritage List for England . Retrieved 1 July 2017.
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