Kensington Local History Books

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"Old Kew, Chiswick and Kensington" book coverOld Kew, Chiswick and Kensington, by Lloyd Sanders.

Old Kew, Chiswick and Kensington was originally published in 1910. This FamLoc Edition is a faithful re-publication, preserving Lloyd Sanders’ original text. There have, however, been the necessary changes to format, and a very small number of corrections to typographical errors.

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Chapters and Contents concerning Kensington history:

Chapter I: Early Kensington
From Chiswick to Kensington — Thackeray’s Kensington — Origin of the name — Domesday on Kensington — The Abbot’s manor — Simon de Kensington — The Earl’s manor — The decline of the Veres — The manor of West Town — Walter Cope of the Strand — The manor of Notting Barns — Abingdon and Kensington — A com­plicated agreement — Cope acquires the Earl’s manor — A misleading document.
Chapter II: Kensington Palace
Arrival of the new landowners — The Finches and Notting­ham House — The house purchased by William III — “A patched building” — Wren and Gibbons — Fire and collapse — The Wren wing — Queen Mary’s gallery — The Queen’s closet — The King’s gallery — Queen Anne’s garden — The alcove and the orangery — William Kent — Queen Caroline’s drawing-room —The cupola room — An artistic protest — The King’s drawing-room — Queen Victoria’s childhood — The grand staircase —Enlarge­ment of the gardens — Portman’s complaint — Lord Essex’s bargain — Queen Caroline’s innovations — Her menagerie — Bridgman — The Round Pond and the Broad Walk — The kitchen gardens — Henry VIII’s conduit — Vanburgh’s water tower — The barracks.
Chapter III: The Court at Kensington Palace
William III — The King and Lord Buckhurst — High life below stairs — Queen Mary — Last years of William III — Queen Anne and Lady Marlborough — “A weary traveller” — George I and his favourites — The King’s character and appearance — Tickell on Kensington Gardens — The Court of George II — Lord Hervey’s memoirs — “Snubbed and resnubbed” — “Dramatic scenes in Court” — State of the roads — Queen Caroline’s death — Arrival of Madame Walmoden — Her contest with Lady Deloraine — Last years of George II — Horace Walpole’s comment.
Chapter IV: Later Years of Kensington Palace
The Court leaves Kensington — Deserted saloons — The Macaronis and the Beaux — The crowd in the Gardens —Luttrell’s “Letters to Julia” — Princess Sophia and the Princess of Wales — The Duke of Sussex — The Duke of Kent — Birth of Queen Victoria — Wilberforce and Sir Walter Scott — Queen Victoria’s girlhood — Her educa­tion — The Queen’s accession —The Duchess of Kent — The Duke and Duchess of Teck — John Wilson Croker — “Lines written in Kensington Gardens.”
Chapter V: The Church and the Charity School
In the days of the Stuarts — Notable residents — The quality at Kensington — Bowack’s eulogy — The old church — Early vicars —A “terrier” of the church — An intruded vicar — Restorations and demolitions — The monuments — A buried aristocracy —Monuments in the churchyard — Kensington church bells — An eighteenth-century sermon — Worshippers at Kensington — The charity school.
Chapter VI: Campden Hill
Old and new — The old vicarage — Campden House — Baptist Hicks — The Noels — William, Duke of Gloucester — His regiment — Lady Burlington — Lord Lechmere — Stephen Pitt —The last days of Campden House — Little Campden House —Bullingham House — Orbell’s Buildings — The last of the Pitts —Sheffield House — Observatory Gardens and Sir James South — The “Dukeries” — The Phillimores — Argyll Lodge — Macaulay’s last years — His death — Church Street and the Mall — Campden Hill Place and Campden Hill Square — Aubrey House —Lady Mary Coke.
Chapter VII: Holland House
Sir Walter Cope and John Thorpe — Henry Rich, Earl of Holland — The Earl of Warwick —Addison at Holland House — Henry Fox and his friends — An unpopular placeman — Charles Fox and his father — The third Lord Holland and his wife — The duel between Best and Lord Camelford — The gardens of Holland House — The frequenters of Holland House — Fox’s associates —Men of letters and artists — The new school of Whigs — Death of Lord Holland — The fourth Lord Holland and his wife — Garden parties — The Earls of Ilchester.
Chapter VIII: Notting Hill and Bayswater
Northern Kensington — The Gravel Pits — Norlands — Portobello Road — The Potteries — The Hippodrome and its failure — Development of Bayswater — Baynard’s Water­ing —Sir John Hill — Kensal Green cemetery.
Chapter IX: Kensington Gore
What is a gore? — The nuns of Kilburn — Vanished houses —Kingston House — Elizabeth Chudleigh — The Marquis Wellesley — John Wilkes — Gore House — Wilberforce and his walnut tree — Lady Blessington and Count d’Orsay — The man in possession — Soyer’s Symposium — The Albert Hall — Coby House — Kensington House and Louis de Querouaille — Dr. Elphinstone — A Jesuit seminary — The arrival of Monsieur — A Catholic boarding house — Baron Grant’s palace — Batty’s Hippodrome — The Commissioners of the Great Exhibition — The Royal Horticultural Society — Its embarrass­ments — The Imperial Institute.
Chapter X: The Campden Estate and High Street
Lady Campden’s benefaction — The workhouse — Love Lane —High Street — William Cobbett — Sir David Wilkie — His Kensington residences — Thomas Faulkner — Hornton Street and its chapel — Thackeray and “Esmond” — The “Greyhound” —Kensington Square and fashion — Church dignitaries — The Duchesse de Mazarin — “Sonorous Blackmore” — Departure of the Court — Beloe — Talleyrand — John Richard Green and John Stuart Mill — Literary men and artists — Wright’s Lane — Sir Isaac Newton again — Scarsdale House — Kensington candles —The Terrace and Leech — Earl’s Terrace — Edwardes Square —Leigh Hunt — His industry — Warwick Road — Addison Road — General Fox — The artistic colony — Kensington wine.
Chapter XI: Earl’s Court, Little Chelsea, and Fulham Road
The Earl’s manor and courthouse — Landowners and the village — The Hutchings family — John Hunter — Prin­cess Charlotte —“Currant Jelly Hall” — Colehearne Court — Gloucester Road —Clairville and Jenny Lind — Canning and Gloucester Lodge — Sir John Millais — Walnut Tree Walk — Louis Lochée — The gallows — Little Chelsea — Lord Burleigh and Brompton Hall — Pelham Crescent — Guizot and Ledru-Rollin — Amelia Place — Curran’s death.
Chapter XII: Old Brompton
Old Brompton Road — Onslow House — Development of the property — Kensington nurserymen — The tea-gardens — Hale House — The Methwolds and Harringtons — The Cromwells of Notting Hill — Richard Cromwell — The Cromwellian legend —The end of Cromwell House — The Victoria and Albert Museum — Brompton Oratory — Holy Trinity, Brompton — Smith’s Charity — Novosielski and John Braham — Thurloe Square —Michael’s Grove and Michael’s Place — Brompton Square and the stage — Francis Place and Henry Luttrell — Bromp­ton Grove —Sir John Macpherson and William Wilberforce — William Jerdan — A confusion of names — Queen’s Buildings — Brompton Row — The last of Sir Richard Phillips.

Other Kensington History Books and Maps

We display a variety of Kensington history books. We also include the excellent Godfrey maps of , which show the streets, houses, public houses, etc., and have the bonus of having a Business Directory of the area on the reverse.


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