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St James's Gardens

St James's Gardens
(Photo: Colin Wing)

The Garden

Speculative developer Charles Richardson built the houses around St James's Gardens and established the gardens in the late 1840s for the residents of what was then called St James's Square, part of the Norland Estate. He donated the site for St James's Church to the Church Commissioners as the houses would be more saleable if they had access to their own church. The historic church was designed by architect Lewis Vulliamy and built between 1844 and 1855. The private communal gardens are laid out in an informal woodland style. Chestnut and lime trees, dating back to the 19th century, dominate the garden.

Gardener: Joseph Jones Contract Gardeners

Further information on London Gardens Trust Inventory

Visitor Information

Open
Sunday 10:00–17:00
Entrance
South side of gardens by the entrance to St James's Church
Nearest postcode: W11 4RA
Buses
31, 94, 148, 228, 295, 316, Oxford Tube
Stations
Shepherds Bush (no service 11-12/06/2022), Holland Park
Cycle hire station
Rifle Place (Map)
Public toilets
Avondale Park (Map)
Open Saturday 07:30-20:00
Open Sunday 07:30-20:00
Dogs
Dogs on leads

Getting here

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