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Irving Gardens Westminster

Summary

Irving Garden is an area of landscaping that consists of a simple lawn bounded by railings, located immediately behind the National Portrait Gallery and built in c.1890 on the site of Hemmings Row, which was demolished to build the Gallery. It surrounds the statue of the actor-manager Sir Henry Irving by Sir Thomas Brock, erected in 1910. The lawn and railings appears to be a post-war improvement as old photographs show that the area around the statue was once paved. This site has long been known for street performers and is at present the haunt of itinerant portrait artists. Nearby is a mid C19th vent shaft and exuberant lamp standard, and the white marble Edith Cavell Memorial, 1920, by Sir George Frampton.

Basic Details

Site location:
St Martin's Place, Charing Cross Road

Postcode:
WC2N 5DN ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Public Gardens

Date(s):
1910, railings c1950

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
LBI: National Portrait Gallery. LBII: C19th vent shaft, lamp standard, Edith Cavell Memorial, No. 10 (National Westminster Bank)

Borough:
Westminster

Site ownership:
WCC

Site management:
Parks Service (contractor: Continental Landscapes Ltd)

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
unrestricted

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
Tube: Leicester Square (Piccadilly, Northern), Charing Cross (Northern, Bakerloo)

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/01/2010
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.westminster.gov.uk

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ300806

Size in hectares:

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

Local Authority Data

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:
No

In Conservation Area:
Yes

Conservation Area name:
Trafalgar Square

Tree Preservation Order:
No

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
None

Fuller information

Sources consulted:

Harold Clunn, the Face of London (c1950), p. 164; Ben Weinreb & Christopher Hibbert, 'The London Encyclopaedia' (Macmillan, revised ed. 1993), p.819

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