Allen Hall Seminary Garden 9176

Greater London, England, Greater London

Brief Description

A central courtyard garden has a fountain and shrubs and the main garden has lawn surrounded by roses, evergreen and flowering shrubs and trees; a path leads to a secluded walled garden beyond which is Thomas More's mulberry tree, and finally an area planted in around 2004 as the St Thomas More Mulberry Walk.

History

Allen Hall Seminary Garden is one of the largest private gardens in Chelsea, its history dating back to 1524 when Sir Thomas More purchased land in Chelsea and Kensington for his Great House. Although his house is long gone, one of the mulberry trees he planted survives in the Seminary Garden. His gardens had a rich variety of flowering shrubs, herbs and trees, an orchard and kitchen gardens. The current building is a former C19th convent and since 1975 has been the Seminary of the RC Archdiocese of Westminster.

Visitor Facilities

The site is only open occasionally, sometimes for Open Garden Squares Weekend.
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

The site is only open occasionally, sometimes for Open Garden Squares Weekend.

Directions

Tube: South Kensington (District, Circle, Piccadilly), Sloane Square (District, Circle). Bus: 19, 49, 345, 319, 11, 22, 239
History

Period

  • Tudor (1485-1603)
References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust