Chelsea Fringe event: Chelsea public gardens walking tour
Chelsea Fringe event
Saturday 18 May
As part of the activities of Chelsea Fringe, the GHS is arranging a free walking tour on the afternoon of Saturday 18 May (starting at 2:30pm), around some of Chelsea’s historic green spaces. Sally Williams, compiler of the London Parks and Gardens Trust Inventory will lead it; her knowledge of their history will ensure the itinerary will be intriguing, and enlightening. Everyone will be welcome on this free tour which will function as a recruitment for garden history, so please bring friends who are not yet members.
1. Meeting place at 2.30 pm. At the central space of St Luke’s Gardens, Sydney Street, Chelsea, London SW3 6NH. The former churchyard of Chelsea’s ‘new’ parish church, was converted as a public garden in 1887.
2. Dovehouse Green, former C18th burial ground to Chelsea’s ‘old’ parish church, laid out as garden c1882; re-landscaped subsequently.
3. Chelsea Embankment Gardens (east side), one of two areas of public gardens created when the Thames Embankment was constructed.
4. Albert Bridge Gardens, a small garden also created at the time of the building of the Embankment.
5. Chelsea Embankment Gardens (west side), the second area of public gardens created when the Embankment was constructed.
6. All Saints Church and St Thomas More Gardens, Chelsea’s ‘old’ parish church and adjacent landscaping, associated with Thomas More who had an estate here.
7. Roper’s Gardens, public garden laid out 1964 on a bombsite, named after More’s son-in-law, with a sculpture by Joseph Epstein who had his studio here.
8. Battersea Bridge Gardens, another small riverside garden created at the time of the Embankment’s construction.
9. Cremorne Gardens, where we shall end the tour. These are public gardens, landscaped in 1981/2 but which commemorate the existence of the famous Cremorne Pleasure Gardens of 1845-77.
The walk should take about 2 hours. Notes will be prepared for each participant although at each garden there is a space for Sally to address the group and describe the history of the site.