Monthly Archives: July 2020

Tower House, No 29 Melbury Road

Above: The house in Melbury Road, Kensington. Tower House, situated on the bend in Melbury Road, has the most unusual architecture. It is a copy of an old Welsh castle – Castell Coch – which lies about 12 miles (19km) … Continue reading

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Victoria and Albert Museum

Above: The main entrance to the Victoria and Albert Museum. London has no shortage of museums but among the many, there are just a few that are not only important in the capital but they rank among the most important … Continue reading

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Kensington Square

Above: The private garden in the centre of Kensington Square. One of the oldest squares in London, it dates from 1665 and became a popular place for a residence after the arrival of William III and Mary II at Kensington … Continue reading

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Trellick Tower

Above: View of the Trellick Tower reflected in the canal with a curved section of Westway overhanging the waterway. The Trellick Tower is probably one of the most iconic of all the Brutalist architecture examples in London. The large block … Continue reading

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Kensal Green Cemetery

Above: One of the many avenues within the cemetery. Kensal Green Cemetery was established as one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries in Metropolitan London – an area of land we know as Inner London today. North of the Thames they … Continue reading

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Brompton Cemetery

Above: Brompton Cemetery Chapel. The subject of Victorian cemeteries is one that would fill several large volumes. Victorians were not scared of dying and they were not as squeamish as we are today about talking about death. In fact, there … Continue reading

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St Mary Abbots, Kensington

Above: The impressive interior, looking towards the altar. The church at Kensington was the original parish church. It was founded in the 12th century. A new church was built in 1370, named from its connection with Abingdon Abbey, in Oxfordshire. … Continue reading

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Notting Hill Gate

Above: A Victorian print showing the booth in the middle of the road. It has a chimney conducting smoke from a fireplace which, on cold days, kept the gate-keeper warm. There do not appear to be any physical gates across … Continue reading

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Milestone at Kensington

Milestones still standing beside a road in Inner London are quite rare. Of those that remain, most of them record a whole number of miles to or from a certain destination – for example, ‘6 miles to London Bridge’. This … Continue reading

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Earl’s Court – Quick Look Around

Above: Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre was probably the only feature of the area that most Londoners ever visited. The area probably derives its name from the Earls of Oxford – Lords of the Manor of Kensington. For a long time, … Continue reading

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