Category Archive: Kensington

Aug 16

Kensington Streets

A guide to Kensington Streets first appeared on the, now defunct, Kensington Living website. All rights and copyright to the original material is retained by that website. Abingdon Road Abingdon Villas Abingdon Villas runs between Earls Court Road and Marloes Road. The eastern section of the street consists of red-brick five-storey mansion blocks and the south …

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Jun 14

Abingdon Road, W8

Abingdon Road stretches between Stratford Road and Kensington High Street. It was built upon land from the Nokes Estate – a farm which used to be in the area. The houses are mainly on three-storeys with basements, some entirely stuccoed and some stuccoed only up to first floor level. The street is tree-lined and very attractive. …

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Jun 13

Nokes Estate, Kensington

Essentially, it included part of Earls Court Lane (now Earls Court Road) and Barrow’s Walk (now Marloes Road) and contained an orchard and several fields on which Abingdon Villas, Scarsdale Villas and neighbouring roads were later built . In 1593 it was owned by Robert Fenn and remained in that family until Sir Robert Fenn …

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Jun 12

Edwardes Estate, Kensington

In 1599 Sir Walter Cope, an influential courtier, bought Abbots Kensington manor from Queen Elizabeth I. He was collecting North Kensington manors. In 1591 he had bought West Town and in 1599 he also bought Notting Barnes, which later became Notting Hill. Cope’s daughter, Isabel, married Sir Henry Rich, the First Earl of Holland. The …

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Jun 11

Inderwick Estate, Kensington

In 1836 John Inderwick, of Wardour Street in Soho, an importer of snuff boxes, bought six and a half acres of land in Kensington on which now stand Nos. 1-13 Canning Place, Victoria Grove, Albert Mews and the north part of Launceston Place. The layout on his little estate was probably created by an architect …

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Jun 10

Adam and Eve Mews, W8

Adam and Eve Mews is a cobbled mews entered under a covered entrance on the south side of Kensington High Street. Some houses have been painted in bright colours, whereas others are faced in plain brick. The mews forks south and west at the end; at the western section again forks north leading to a very …

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Jun 09

Phillimore Estate, Kensington

Campden House In the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, a large country house with spacious grounds, later stood in this area. Sir Walter Cope had lived in it. About 1609 Sir Baptist Hicks bought the house and the estate. In 1628 Hicks was made Viscount Campden (a name he took from a manor he owned …

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Jun 08

Pitt Estate, Kensington

In the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, a large country house with spacious grounds, bearing the name ‘Campden House’ stood in this area. Sir Walter Cope had lived in it. About 1609 Sir Baptist Hicks bought the house and the estate. In 1628 he was made Viscount Campden (a name he took from a manor …

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Jun 06

Sheffield House and Glebe Estate, Kensington

In 1603 Sir William Cope had a house with two acres of land in the area of present day Kensington Church Street. For at least a century it remained in the hands of the family of the Earls of Sheffield and became known as ‘Sheffield House’. Two builders, John Barnard and Thomas Callcott, bought the …

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Jun 05

The Racks

The land now bounded by Notting Hill Gate, Kensington Church Street, Campden Hill Road and Sheffield Terrace was known as the Racks in olden days. It was part of the lands of Campden House in the early 18th Century. It was then bought by the Phillimore family. In 1774 Robert Phillimore gave the property to …

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