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Kensington by Geoffrey Evans
London: Hamish Hamilton, 1975
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Blue boards with Silver titling to Spine
Illustrated by way of: Appendices ; Black & White Photographs; Fold-out Plans ; Colour frontispiece; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: Geoffrey Evans, in his personal study of Londons only Royal Borough, traces the story of Kensington from the time when the de Vere family became Lords of the Manor of Ghenesinton in 1093, to its amalgamation with Chelsea in 1964. When William III bought Nottingham House in 1689 and the Court moved to what was to become Kensington Palace, the popularity of Kensington as a residential area increased and expansion was inevitable. The author evokes its past splendour, when the Broad Walk was the scene of fashionable parades, and when noble mansions, in particular Holland House, became the rendezvous of the leading statesmen, artists and conversationalists of the day. For almost two centuries Kensington was the horticultural centre of England. Not only did its nurseries and market gardens supply the City of London with fruit, flowers and vegetables, but some of the owners designed the parks of many of the great houses of England and supplied the trees, shrubs and plants from their nurseries.
In the early years of Queen Victorias reign Charles Harrod, a hard-working grocer, laid the foundations of the world-famous store and John Barker made his fortune in Kensington High Street. While the residents of Campden Hill and Lansdowne Crescent lived in grandeur, in nearby Netting Dale the pottery kilns and the piggeries made the air dirty and foul-smelling. Six Presidents of the Royal Academy have either lived or worked in Kensington, as have a host of eminent artists, sculptors and architects: of these Frederic Leighton and William Surges were to build remarkable houses to their own design in and around Melbury Road. But Kensington also has a darker side: the haunt of highwaymen in bygone days, in the 19405 some sensational murders took place within its boundaries.
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