|Roper's Gardens||Kensington & Chelsea|
Roper's Gardens were created as a public amenity on a bomb site following destruction of the buildings in 1941. The name recalls the fact that the land was part of the gift of Sir Thomas More to his daughter Margaret on her marriage to William Roper. The gardens were laid out in 1964 with a long raised terrace of sheltered seating overlooking areas of lawn, with shrubbery, flower beds and trees. Among the sculptural works is an unfinished relief by Jacob Epstein, who had a studio near here from 1909-14.
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The site of the public gardens was part of the marriage gift of Sir Thomas More to his daughter Margaret on her marriage to William Roper in 1521 and was once an orchard. The buildings here were destroyed by a parachute mine on 17 April 1941 and the small sunken garden was created on the bomb damaged area, the foundation stone laid by Cllr Lady Heath, Mayor of the Metropolitan Borough of Chelsea on 11 March 1964. The design was by Bridgwater Shepherd and Epstein. There are a number of sculptural works in the garden, including The Awakening by Gilbert Ledward (1888-1960) surrounded by flowerbed and an unfinished stone relief by Sir Jacob Epstein (1880-1959), , which stands on the site of his studios, where he worked from 1909-1914. The fragment was set by Stephen Gardiner and was unveiled by Sir Caspar John in the 1970s. Roper's Garden has a long terrace of sheltered seating and in the lower area are two slightly raised lawns, with shrub areas and paving at each end, that to the west currently bare. Trees planted when the garden was laid out include one that commemorates Gunji Koizumi, father of British Judo (1885-1965) as well as another planted by 'The Men of the Trees' London Branch.
Thames Conservation Area Proposals Statement; RB Kensington Park Archive