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Chiswick House, Kitchen Garden

Introduction

The Chiswick House Kitchen Garden exists today as a teaching and learning centre for school children and families. The emphasis is on involving visitors in planting and growing food.

Visitor Facilities

Access to the Kitchen Garden is via this gate from the A4 Car Park.
Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts

Access contact details

Please see: http://www.kitchengarden.org.u...

The Kitchen Garden is closed for refurbishment during 2009.

Directions

Signposted from A4/A316 junction. Chiswick station. Turnham Green tube station (District line).

Owners

Chiswick House Kitchen Garden

History

The Chiswick House Kitchen Garden was created in 1683 and originally formed part of the property of Sir Stephen Fox, Paymaster General to the Armed Forces, neighbour to Lord Burlington at Chiswick House, and boss of Samuel Pepys.

A 17th century wrought iron gate leads into the walled garden. The garden was added to the Chiswick House lands in 1812 by Lord Burlington. The gardens also formed part of the ground of the local lunatic asylum in the early 20th century.

The garden served as a Council nursery until the 1980s, but then was shut up and lay neglected and overgrown. In February 2005, volunteers from Chiswick Horticultural Society were allowed to enter and start restoring the garden. With the help of local schoolchildren and volunteers, the kitchen garden was restored and a learning centre established to enable children to learn about growing, maintaining and eating fresh produce.

Features & Designations

Plant Environment

  • Walled Garden
  • Environment
Key Information

Type

Walled Garden

Purpose

Educational

Plant Environment

Walled Garden

Survival

Extant

Hectares

2.5

Open to the public

Yes

References

Contributors

  • Karen Liebreich

Related Documents
  • CLS 1/437

    Chiswick House Grounds: Restoration Plan - Hard copy

    London Borough of Hounslow, English Heritage - 1987

  • CLS 1/160/1

    Conservation Report, Vol.4: The Forecourt and Cedar Avenue - Hard copy

    Environmental Design Associates - 1995

  • CLS 1/432

    Chiswick House Grounds Historical Survey: Enclosure - Hard copy

    Travers Morgan Planning for Dept. of Environment, Direcorate of Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings - 1983

  • CLS 1/438

    Chiswick House Grounds: Landscape Restoration Plan - Hard copy

    London Borough of Hounslow, English Heritage - 1997

  • CLS 1/433

    Chiswick House Grounds Historical Survey: Tree Schedule - Hard copy

    Travers Morgan Planning for Dept. of Environment, Direcorate of Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings - 1983

  • CLS 1/434

    Chiswick House Grounds Historical Survey: Trees (Plan) - Hard copy

    Travers Morgan Planning for Dept. of Environment, Direcorate of Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings - 1983

  • CLS 1/431

    Chiswick House Grounds Historical Survey: Buildings and Statuary - Hard copy

    Travers Morgan Planning for Dept. of Environment, Direcorate of Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings - 1983

  • CLS 1/435

    Chiswick House Grounds Historical Survey: Schedules of Buildings, Gateways, Statuary - Hard copy

    Travers Morgan Planning for Dept. of Environment, Direcorate of Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings - 1983

  • CLS 1/160/2

    Conservation Report, Vol 5.: The Western Perimeter - Hard copy

    Environmental Design Associates - 1995

  • CLS 1/429

    Development of the Grounds - Hard copy

    Travers Morgan Planning for Dept. of Environment, Direcorate of Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings - 1983

  • CLS 1/430

    Report on Management - Hard copy

    Travers Morgan Planning for Dept. of Environment, Direcorate of Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings - 1983