Survey of London: volume 42 - Kensington Square to Earl's Court

Year published

1986

Author

Hermione Hobhouse (General Editor)

Description

This volume completes the Survey’s study of Kensington. It describes the expansion of building development south and west towards Earl’s Court from the original late-17th-century ‘Old Court Suburb’ around Kensington Square and Kensington High Street. The area has a great variety of house-types and architectural styles: surviving 1680s houses in Kensington Square; brick-and-stucco Regency terraces in and around Edwardes Square; George & Peto’s large and flamboyant Flemish-inspired brick-and-terracotta family homes in Harrington and Collingham Gardens; and later mansion flats. In addition to the residential architecture, the volume also traces the history of the commercial and light-industrial quarter to the west, near the Kensington Canal and West London Railway; the fashionable shopping area on the south side of the High Street, with its well-known department stores, such as Barkers and Derry & Toms; and a rich collection of churches and chapels. The volume ends with a retrospective chapter, considering some of the themes and building trends common to Southern Kensington as a whole.

Sponsor

English Heritage

Source

Survey of London (Secondary texts)

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