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Brief description of site

Formerly part of the grounds of Holland House, Holland Park incorporates the remains of 17th, 18th and 19th century park and gardens. The site was opened as a public park in 1952. It contains formal and informal gardens including grassed and woodland walks. Some remnants of the former estate's built structures remain in the park including its 19th-century Stable, Lodge, Ice House and elements of the landscaping and formal gardens are still visible, such as the Dutch Garden and Iris Garden, Lime Walk and woodland area. Over the years various sports and recreational facilities have been added, including an open air theatre, and a Japanese garden created in 1991.

Brief history of site

Holland House was built about 1605-1608 for Sir Walter Cope. The public park is on part of the former extensive estate, which once covered some 500 acres. Among those who advised on design and planting were William Kent and Charles Hamilton. The building was altered over the years until it was gutted by fire as a result of an incendiary bomb in 1940. The ruins and the grounds were bought from the last private owner, the 6th Earl of Ilchester, in 1952 by the London County Council.

Location information:

Address: The Stable Yard, Holland Park, Ilchester Place, London, W8 6LU

Locality: Kensington

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Kensington and Chelsea

Historical County: Middlesex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 176 Grid Ref: TQ247798
Latitude: 51.5034 Longitude: -0.204746

Directions:

Tube: Holland Park (Central), High Street Kensington (District, Circle). Bus: 9, 9a, 10, 19, 27, 28, 31, 49, C1

Key information:

Form of site: public park

Purpose of site: urban park

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 1605

Main period of development: Mid 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 19.47

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