Serpentine Gallery

Gallery in/near Kensington, existing between the 1970s and now

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Gallery · Kensington · W2 ·
November
27
2020

The Serpentine Galleries are two contemporary art galleries in Kensington Gardens, comprising the Serpentine Gallery and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.

The Serpentine Galleries are within five minutes’ walk of each other, linked by the bridge over the Serpentine Lake from which the galleries get their names.

The first of the two - the Serpentine Gallery - was established in 1970 and is housed in a Grade II listed former tea pavilion built in 1933–34 by the architect James Grey West. Notable artists whose works have been exhibited there include Andy Warhol, Man Ray, Henry Moore, Bridget Riley, Anish Kapoor, Damien Hirst and many others. Diana, Princess of Wales was the gallery’s former patron.

In 2013 the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, with an extension designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, was opened to the public, giving new life to The Magazine, a Grade II* listed former gunpowder store built in 1805. It comprises 900 square metres of gallery space, restaurant, shop and social space.

Every year since 2000 the Serpentine Gallery has commissioned a temporary summer pavilion by a leading architect.




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Added: 17 Feb 2021 15:05 GMT   

Birth place
Violet Trefusis, writer, cosmopolitan intellectual and patron of the Arts was born at 2 Wilton Crescent SW1X.

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PETER FAIRCLOUGH   
Added: 10 May 2021 14:46 GMT   

We once lived here
My family resided at number 53 Brindley Street Paddington.
My grandparents George and Elizabeth Jenkinson (ne Fowler) had four children with my Mother Olive Fairclough (ne Jenkinson) being born in the house on 30/09/1935.
She died on 29/04/2021 aged 85 being the last surviving of the four siblings

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Lived here
   
Added: 1 May 2021 16:46 GMT   

Cheyne Place, SW3
Frances Faviell, author of the Blitz memoir, "A Chelsea Concerto", lived at 33, Cheyne Place, which was destroyed by a bomb. She survived, with her husband and unborn baby.

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Katharina Logan   
Added: 9 Aug 2022 19:01 GMT   

Ely place existed in name in 1857
On 7th July 1857 John James Chase and Mary Ann Weekes were married at St John the Baptist Hoxton, he of full age and she a minor. Both parties list their place of residence as Ely Place, yet according to other information, this street was not named until 1861. He was a bricklayer, she had no occupation listed, but both were literate and able to sign their names on their marriage certificate.

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Reginald John Gregory   
Added: 8 Aug 2022 14:07 GMT   

Worked in the vicinity of my ancestor’s house,
Between the years 1982-1998 (unknown to me at the time) I worked in an office close to the site of my ancestors cottage. I discovered this when researching family history - the cottage was mentioned in the 1871 census for Colindeep Lane/Ancient Street coming up from the Hyde. The family lived in the ares betwen 1805 and 1912.

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Barry J. Page   
Added: 27 Jul 2022 19:41 GMT   

Highbury Corner V1 Explosion
Grandma described the V1 explosion at Highbury Corner on many occasions. She was working in the scullery when the flying bomb landed. The blast shattered all the windows in the block of flats and blew off the bolt on her front door. As she looked out the front room window, people in various states of injury and shock were making their way along Highbury Station Road. One man in particular, who was bleeding profusely from glass shard wounds to his neck, insisted in getting home to see if his family was all right. Others were less fortunate. Len, the local newsagent, comforted a man, who had lost both legs caused by the blast, until the victim succumbed to his injuries. The entire area was ravaged and following are statistics. The flying bomb landed during lunch hour (12:46 p.m.) on June 27th 1944. 26 people lost their lives, 84 were seriously injured and 71 slightly injured.

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ANON   
Added: 20 Jul 2022 13:36 GMT   

The Square & Ashmore park
The Square and Ashmore park was the place to be 2000-2005. Those were the greatest times on the estate. everyday people were playing out. the park was full of kids just being kids and having fun, now everyone is grown up and only bump into eachother when heading to the shops or work. I miss the good days( Im 25yrs old as im writing this)

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Carolyn Hirst   
Added: 16 Jul 2022 15:21 GMT   

Henry James Hirst
My second great grandfather Henry James Hirst was born at 18 New Road on 11 February 1861. He was the eighth of the eleven children of Rowland and Isabella Hirst. I think that this part of New Road was also known at the time as Gloucester Terrace.

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Richard   
Added: 12 Jul 2022 21:36 GMT   

Elgin Crescent, W11
Richard Laitner (1955-1983), a barrister training to be a doctor at UCL, lived here in 1983. He was murdered aged 28 with both his parents after attending his sister’s wedding in Sheffield in 1983. The Richard Laitner Memorial Fund maintains bursaries in his memory at UCL Medical School

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Anthony Mckay   
Added: 11 Jul 2022 00:12 GMT   

Bankfield Cottages, Ass House Lane, Harrow Weald
Bankfield Cottages (now demolished) at the end of Ass House Lane, appear twice in ’The Cheaters’ televison series (made 1960) in the episodes ’The Fine Print’ and ’Tine to Kill’

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NEARBY LOCATIONS OF NOTE
Long Water The Long Water is a recreational lake in Kensington Gardens, created in 1730 at the behest of Queen Caroline.
Serpentine Gallery The Serpentine Galleries are two contemporary art galleries in Kensington Gardens, comprising the Serpentine Gallery and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.

NEARBY STREETS
Albert Hall Mansions, SW7 Albert Hall Mansions is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Flower Walk, SW7 Flower Walk is a named pathway within Kensington Gardens.
Kensington Gardens, W2 Kensington Gardens is a street in Paddington.
Kensington Gore, SW7 Kensington Gore grew out of King’s Gore - a gore is a narrow, triangular piece of land.
Kensington Road, SW7 Kensington Road is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Kingston House North, SW7 Kingston House North replaced a mansion called Kingston House.
New Ride, SW7 New Ride is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Policeman’s Walk, W2 Policeman’s Walk is a road in the W2 postcode area
Prince’s Gate, SW7 Prince’s Gate is a location in London.
Princes Gate, SW7 Princes Gate is one of the streets of London in the SW7 postal area.
Rotten Row, SW7 Rotten Row is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Serpentine Bridge, W2 Serpentine Bridge is a road in the W2 postcode area
Serpentine Road, W2 Serpentine Road is a street in Paddington.
Serpentine Road, W2 Serpentine Road is a road in the SW7 postcode area
Serpentine Road, W2 Serpentine Road is a road in the SW1X postcode area
Serpentine Road, W2 Serpentine Road is a road in the W1K postcode area
South Carriage Drive, SW7 South Carriage Drive is a road in the SW7 postcode area


Kensington

Kensington is a district of West London, England within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, located west of Charing Cross.

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.


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The Bayswater Conduit in 1798.
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Bayswater Road
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Chilworth Street, W2
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The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, in Hyde Park, London (2006). Although described as an oval stone fountain, it has the form of a large, oval stream bed of about 50 by 80 metres. The 545 individual pieces of Cornish granite were cut by S. McConnell & Sons, in Kilkeel, Northern Ireland.
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Bayswater Road
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Ennismore Mews, SW7 with the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Dormiton at the end
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