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Inventory Site Record

Yalta Memorial Garden (Kensington & Chelsea)

Brief Description

This small triangular garden opposite the V&A Museum is on land previously owned by The Crown and in the C19th was laid out with a few trees. Now known as the Yalta Memorial Garden, the current layout dates from the C20th and consists of grass with a central path to the apex of the triangle, hedging to the road and a number of ornamental trees. The main feature in the garden is the Yalta Memorial dedicated to those people forcibly repatriated to Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union after WWII. The current memorial by Angela Conner, entitled 'The 12 Responses to Tragedy', was unveiled in October 1986 and replaced an earlier piece that was destroyed by vandalism.

Practical Information
Previous / Other name:
Cromwell Gardens Triangle; Thurloe Place Gardens
Site location:
Junction of Cromwell Gardens/Thurloe Place/Thurloe Square
Postcode:
SW7 2SL
What 3 Words:
cooks.feared.kinds
Type of site:
Public Gardens
Borough:
Kensington & Chelsea
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport:
Tube: South Kensington (District, Circle, Piccadilly). Bus: C1, 14, 74, 414, 49, 70, 345, 360
Research updated:
01/06/2010
Last minor changes:
19/07/2023

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Full Site Description

This small triangle of land opposite the Victoria and Albert Museum is listed in the Report of the Royal Commission on London Squares, 1928, as a 'grass plot with a few trees', owned by The Crown and managed by the Commissioners of His Majesty's Works, and maintained by HM Office of Works. On the OS map of 1879 the area is shown with trees but the current layout dates from the C20th. It is now known as the Yalta Memorial Garden and is maintained by the Victoria and Albert Museum. It has grass with a central path to the apex of the triangle with hedging to the road and a row of small ornamental trees. At the west end is a bed with shrubs and trees including a eucalyptus, with seating facing the main feature in the garden, a sculpture by Angela Conner, which replaced an earlier piece that was destroyed by vandalism. Entitled 'The 12 Responses to Tragedy' Conner's work was unveiled in October 1986 by the Bishop of Fulham dedicated to those who died under Communism. The garden is a welcome area of publicly accessible green space in this area, despite its proximity to the busy main road.

Sources consulted:

RBKC Thurloe Estate and Smith's Charity Conservation Area Policy Statement; Report of the Royal Commission on London Squares, 1928

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ268789 (526974,178993)
Size in hectares:
0.0417
Site ownership:
Victoria and Albert Museum, formerly The Crown
Site management:
RB Kensington & Chelsea, Leisure Services, Parks and Open Spaces
Date(s):
late C19th; 1986
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
None
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:

Yes

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:
Thurloe Estate and Smith's Charity
Tree Preservation Order:
No
Nature Conservation Area:
No
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
No
Special Policy Area:
No
Other LA designation:
None

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