Brunswick Gardens, W8
Road in/near Kensington, existing between 1856 and now
Print-friendly version of this page Kensington is a district of West London, England within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, located west of Charing Cross.
Brunswick Gardens runs north from Vicarage Gate
- a wide tree-lined road with white stuccoed terraces on either side.
The houses have small front gardens and are mainly two storeys plus basement. They are large family houses and the street is unexpectedly quiet, although very convenient for Kensington Church Street
The northern end of Brunswick Gardens branches to the east and this part of the street is a particularly attractive and quiet backwater.
Brunswick Gardens was part of the Sheffield House and Glebe Estate
The plots for Nos. 1-19 Brunswick Gardens, on the west side, were leased to Henry Little by Thomas Robinson in 1858-9 and Little built the houses there.
Thomas Finlay, a Paddington builder, built Nos. 21 – 33 Brunswick Gardens between 1856 and 1862.
Nos. 35-39 (odd) were built by Jeremiah and Henry Little in 1856-7.
On the east side, the houses to appear to have been built mainly by a Paddington builder, William Lloyd Edwards. He took leases of Nos. 2-56 in 1861, with the exception of Nos. 22-32 which went to Thomas Huggett, a Kensington builder in the same year.
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The focus of the area is Kensington High Street, a busy commercial centre with many shops, typically upmarket. The street was declared London's second best shopping street in February 2005 thanks to its range and number of shops.
The edges of Kensington are not well-defined; in particular, the southern part of Kensington blurs into Chelsea, which has a similar architectural style. To the west, a transition is made across the West London railway line and Earl's Court Road further south into other districts, whilst to the north, the only obvious dividing line is Holland Park Avenue, to the north of which is the similar district of Notting Hill.
Kensington is, in general, an extremely affluent area, a trait that it now shares with its neighbour to the south, Chelsea. The area has some of London's most expensive streets and garden squares.
Kensington is also very densely populated; it forms part of the most densely populated local government district (the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea) in the United Kingdom. This high density is not formed from high-rise buildings; instead, it has come about through the subdivision of large mid-rise Victorian and Georgian terraced houses (generally of some four to six floors) into flats.