F. H. W. Sheppard (General Editor)
This is first of the Survey’s four volumes to cover Kensington, an area synonymous with Victorian architecture. It concerns the area to the north of Kensington High Street, extending as far as Kensal Green, where large-scale building development took place between the 1820s and 1880s. Here can be traced in some detail the evolution of London’s nineteenth-century suburban housing. Among the many examples described are the fashionable Italianate villas of the 1820s and ’30s in Campden Hill and Holland Park; the opulent large mansions of ‘Millionaires Row’ in Kensington Palace Gardens; and the red-brick ‘Domestic Revival’ artists’ houses of the 1860s and after in the Melbury Road area. Victorian ecclesiastical design can also be studied in its many variants, in the area’s churches, chapels and convents, including the Greek Revival architecture of Kensal Green Cemetery.