Dorset Square Area Guide
HISTORY, LOCATION, ARCHITECTURE, EDUCATION & MORE
Was the central feature of an urban layout planned by the Portman Estate (1815-20). The square, architecturally still intact, was laid out on the site of Thomas Lord's first cricket ground, established in 1787, before the cricket club moved to the present Lord's Cricket Ground in St John's Wood.
Dorset Square is located to the immediate north of Marylebone Road and is joined on its eastern corners by Gloucester Place and in the west by Balcombe Street
These days the properties are mainly sub-divided apartments within Georgian period building, although one or two still remain as a complete building. The favoured side of the square is the north side with flats benefiting from south facing views to the gardens. As with any private garden squares in London, you can expect to pay a premium to live upon it.
Famous past Residents
Sir Laurence Gomme (1853-1916), an early pioneer of the Blue Plaques scheme, lived at no. 24. George Grossmith, co-author of The Diary of a Nobody, was also a resident of the square. He too is marked by a blue plaque, as is Dodie Smith, author of 101 Dalmatians.
The gardens and private and are gated and accessible only to those who live upon it. Once a year however the gardens are open to the public as part of Open Garden Squares Weekend usually in the month of June.
The most desirable place to live on the square is upon north side particularly upon the first floor where the ceiling height is the greatest and the windows are floor to ceiling, this would have originally been the ‘drawing room’ of the house in its original form and adds grandeur to the property and allows maximum natural light and sunny views of the gardens.
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