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No. 8a Holland Villas Road Kensington & Chelsea
Summary: This private walled garden was originally created by the poet Jean Ingelow and later developed by Beth McWilliam as a setting for the sculpture of F.E.McWilliam who worked here until his death in 1992. The studio was originally a garden music room probably dating from the same time as the main house (1852). The garden was simply laid out with a large bordered lawn and a central stone path connecting the house and artist's studio. A proposal made to English Heritage to preserve the house, garden and studio as a place where McWilliam's sculpture could be studied in the setting of its making did not come to fruition. The contents of his studio were later gifted to Banbridge District Council in Ireland, the town of his birth, and a purpose-built gallery was opened in his memory in 2008. No 8a was sold to a private buyer and a garden house has been built on the studio site.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: 8a Holland Villas Road
Postcode: W14 > Google Map
Type of site: Private Garden
Date(s): 1950-1992
Designer(s): Jean Ingelow/F.E. and Beth McWilliam
Listed structures:
Borough: Kensington & Chelsea
Site ownership: private
Site management:
Open to public? No
Opening times: private
Special conditions:
Public transport: London Overground/Tube (District): Kensington (Olympia).
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/04/2012
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Fuller information:

Frederick Edward McWilliam was born in Banbridge, County Down on 30 April 1909. He came to London where he made his name and was a contemporary of Henry Moore. After his death on 3 May 1992, his estate gifted the contents of his studio in Holland Park and a number of sculptures to Banbridge District Council. The F E McWilliam Gallery, purpose-built gallery, sculpture garden and replica of his studio opened in September 2008 on the outskirts of Banbridge.

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Proposal to English Heritage
Grid ref: TQ242796
Size in hectares:
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
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: Holland Park
Tree Preservation Order: Not known
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation:

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