Place    From 1689 

Kensington Gardens

Royal Parks say: "William III bought what was originally part of Hyde Park in 1689.  An asthma sufferer, the king found the location quiet and the air salubrious and so he commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to design the redbrick building that is Kensington Palace. Queen Anne enlarged the Palace Gardens by 'transferring' 30 acres from Hyde Park and was responsible for the creation of the Orangery in 1704."
Queen Caroline extended the Gardens even further into Hyde Park.

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Kensington Gardens

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Buck Hill bastion

This is really an information board rather than a plaque and has a number of ...

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Ha-ha in Hyde Park

We find the terminology used on the information board confusing; 'bastion' is...

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Other Subjects

Old Velho / First Jewish cemetery

Old Velho / First Jewish cemetery

From London Gardens Online : "The Sephardi Velho (Old) Cemetery opened in 1657, the first Jewish cemetery to be established with Oliver Cromwell's approval. The land was formerly part of a garden a...

Place, Gardens / Agriculture

2 memorials
Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show

Originally known as the 'Royal Horticultural Society Great Spring Show', it was first held at the RHS garden in Kensington. It moved to The Royal Hospital, Chelsea in 1905 and now takes place annua...

Event, Gardens / Agriculture

1 memorial
John Runtz

John Runtz

Born at 3 William Street, Kingsland Road. He became a Tunbridge Ware manufacturer, then a music teacher. He broadened his interests to the general education of working-class children and became the...

Person, Education, Gardens / Agriculture, Politics & Administration

1 memorial