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Alec Clifton-Taylor Memorial Gardens Kensington & Chelsea
   
Summary: The public gardens were created on former wasteland in 1991 to commemorate Alec Clifton-Taylor, President of The Kensington Society (1978-85). The idea for the memorial arose from a friend of Clifton-Taylor requesting where he might plant a rose garden in his memory. A sundial by Mr Simmons and memorial plaque by Philip Murdin, both of the English Heritage Stone Carvers Studio, were given by the Kensington Society. The garden is adjacent to St Mary Abbots Gardens, the former churchyard of Kensington Parish Church.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: Kensington Church Walk off Kensington High Street
Postcode: W8 > Google Map
Type of site: Public Gardens
Date(s): 1991
Designer(s):
Listed structures: LBII: St Mary Abbots C of E Primary School and Church Office
Borough: Kensington & Chelsea
Site ownership: RB Kensington & Chelsea
Site management: Leisure Services, Parks and Open Spaces
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: 7.30am - dusk
Special conditions:
Facilities: none
Events:
Public transport: Tube: High Street Kensington (Circle, District)
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/10/2007
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.rbkc.gov.uk

Fuller information:

Of group interest with St Mary Abbots churchyard, these gardens were designed to commemorate Alec Clifton-Taylor, President of The Kensington Society from 1978 until his death in 1985 and are situated adjacent to St Mary Abbots Gardens (q.v.) The land was formerly wasteland behind the Old Town Hall, which developers agreed to give partly to the Church School and partly as open space. The idea for this being a memorial to Alec Clifton-Taylor arose from a friend of his requesting where he might plant a rose garden in his memory. The garden was completed in 1991 and has flower beds set in a paved area and some fine modern cast iron railings. A sundial by Mr Simmons and memorial plaque by Philip Murdin, both of the English Heritage Stone Carvers Studio, were given by the Kensington Society.

Sources consulted:

The Kensington Society Annual Report 1992-93
Grid ref: TQ255796
Size in hectares: 0.1544
   
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
No
 
The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.
On Local List:
In Conservation Area: Yes
Conservation Area name: Kensington
Tree Preservation Order: No
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation: Site of Metropolitan Importance
   

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