The Palace of Westminster: Abingdon Street Gardens, Jewel Tower and Old Palace Yard (also known as College Green (Abingdon Street Gardens))9122

Greater London, England, Greater London

Brief Description

A strip of lawn bisected by a path, the Green contains Henry Moore's sculpture 'Knife Edge Two Piece' (1967). To the north is the C14th Jewel Tower with a fragment of moat and medieval quay, beyond which is another remnant of Old Palace Yard, laid out as a simple lawn with 2 mature plane trees and a memorial Portland stone statue of George V by Sir William Reid Dick, set on an imposing base designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (1947). This area of garden abuts the rear of Westminster Abbey's octagonal C13th Chapter House. It is overlooked from the south by two fine C18th stone-fronted houses in Palace Yard.

History

Abingdon Street Gardens, also known as College Green, was laid out in the 1960s when C18th houses along Abingdon Street were demolished after WWII. The land was once part of the Old Palace Yard of the Palace of Westminster.

Visitor Facilities

Abingdon Street Garden/Old Palace Yard: usually unrestricted. Jewel Tower: 1 Apr-4 Nov daily 10am-5pm; 5 Nov-28 March Sat/Sun 10am-4pm
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

Abingdon Street Garden/Old Palace Yard: usually unrestricted. Jewel Tower: 1 Apr-4 Nov daily 10am-5pm; 5 Nov-28 March Sat/Sun 10am-4pm

Directions

Tube: Westminster (District, Circle, Jubilee). Bus: 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 148, 159, 211, 453
Contact

Telephone

01793 414700

Official Website

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Owners

  • The Parliamentary Estate

References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust