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The Cadogan Estate: From Stewardship to Sustainability

Earlier this month, it was announced that Lord Cadogan had died aged 86. He was the billionaire steward of the Cadogan Estate, which has become synonymous with elegance and luxury. Nestled in the heart of Chelsea, the estate is an historic enclave of 93 acres around Sloane Square and the King’s Road. With a captivating past, a roster of notable residents, and a commitment to enhancing the local community, the Cadogan Estate continues to flourish under the stewardship of the Cadogan family. We delve into the history books to find out more.

How it Started

The Cadogan Estate traces its origins back to the 18th century when Charles Sloane Cadogan, the second Earl Cadogan, acquired the land through marriage. His vision was to transform the area into a prestigious residential neighborhood. The Cadogan Estate was established, and the transformation began with the development of elegant Georgian townhouses, lush garden squares, and charming mews houses.

How it Grew

The estate owes its origins to Sir Hans Sloane, a well-known explorer, physician and collector. He purchased the Manor of Chelsea in 1712 and the 10-acre site of Beaufort House at Cheyne Walk in 1737. However, he died in 1753 and without any male heirs his estate went to his two daughters, one of whom had married into the Cadogan family.

Over the years, the Cadogan Estate expanded through careful acquisitions and strategic developments. It grew to encompass iconic areas such as Sloane Street, King’s Road, and Duke of York Square.

Famous Residents

The Cadogan Estate has been home to numerous distinguished individuals throughout history. Renowned figures such as Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, and Agatha Christie right through to The Rolling Stones have resided in Cadogan properties, adding to the area’s rich cultural heritage. The estate’s allure continues to attract prominent personalities from the world of arts, entertainment, and business.

The Cadogan Family

The Cadogan Estate remains a family-run enterprise to this day. With the news of Charles the 8th Earl Cadogan’s passing, he is succeeded by his son Edward, the 9th Earl. The family continues to maintain the estate’s heritage while embracing modernity. Much of their work is philanthropic too. Most recently, Cadogan partnered with Saira Hospitality, the non-profit organisation, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and six leading local hotels to create a pop-up hospitality school to support community members into hospitality roles.

The Future of the Cadogan Estate

Looking ahead, the Cadogan Estate remains dedicated to enhancing Chelsea’s landscape. With a focus on sustainability, urban planning, and cultural development, the estate aims to create a harmonious balance between preservation and progress. Collaborations with renowned architects and designers will shape the future of the estate, ensuring that it continues to evolve and thrive for generations to come.