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Inventory Site Record

Albert Bridge Garden (Kensington & Chelsea)

Brief Description

Albert Bridge Garden is a small riverside garden at the foot of the Albert Bridge created when the Thames was embanked to designs of Sir Joseph Bazalgette in 1869-74. The garden has a small pavilion, shrubberies, trees and a statue by Francis Derwent Wood. One of two lamp standards to commemorate the completion of the Embankment is sited at the east side of the bridge.

Practical Information
Site location:
Chelsea Embankment
Postcode:
SW3
What 3 Words:
beams.calls.kinds
Type of site:
Public Gardens
Borough:
Kensington & Chelsea
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities:
none
Events:
Public transport:
Tube: Sloane Square (District, Circle) then bus.
Research updated:
01/05/2013
Last minor changes:
19/07/2023

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Full Site Description

These small gardens at the foot of the Albert Bridge were created after the Thames was embanked to designs of Sir Joseph Bazalgette in 1869-74. Chelsea Embankment was officially opened in May 1874 by Lieutenant Col Sir James MacNaughton Hogg, Chairman of the Metropolitan Board of Works. On the east side of the bridge is a Coalbrookdale lamp standard with boys and cornucopia, one of two erected to commemorate the completion of the Embankment. The garden area to the west of the bridge has a bronze statue of Atalanta by Francis Derwent Wood (1871-1926) erected in his memory by the Chelsea Arts Club and Other Friends in 1929. This was stolen in 1991 but is now restored. The west area has a small pavilion by the road, shrubberies and trees; a pedestrian pathway runs under the bridge with planting on both sides and seating.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England London 3: North West' (Penguin, 1999 ed); Thames Conservation Area Proposals Statement

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ273776 (527350,177620)
Size in hectares:
0.0928
Site ownership:
RB Kensington & Chelsea
Site management:
Transport for London
Date(s):
1874
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
LBII: Albert Bridge. Francis Derwent Wood statue; lamp standard to east
On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

No
Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:

No
Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:

No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No
In Conservation Area:
Yes
Conservation Area name:
Thames
Tree Preservation Order:
No
Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Metropolitan Importance (Thames)
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
No
Special Policy Area:
Yes - Archaeological Priority Area (Thames)
Other LA designation:
Thames Policy Area. Thames Path. Site of Metropolitan Importance
Photos

Albert Bridge Garden

Albert Bridge Garden - Photo: Colin Wing
Date taken: 13/04/21 10:06

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