History of Kensington

1554 Wyatt's Rebellion

1937 Marriage of Duke of Norfolk and Miss Strutt

Kensington is in London.

Wyatt's Rebellion

Diary of Henry Machyn February 1554. 06 Feb 1544. The vj day of Feybruary was Shroyff-tuwysday in the mornyng master Wyatt (23) and ys compeny retorned bake towhard Kyngton apon Temes, and ther the bridge was pluckyd up, and he causyd on of ys men to swym over for to feytche a bott, and so whent at nyght toward Kensyngtun, and so forward.

John Evelyn's Diary 07 September 1660. 07 Sep 1660. I went to Chelsea to visit Mr. Boyle (33), and see his pneumatic engine perform divers experiments. Thence, to Kensington, to visit Mr. Henshaw (42), returning home that evening.

Diary of Samuel Pepys 25 February 1666. 25 Feb 1666. Lord's Day. My wife up between three and four of the clock in the morning to dress herself, and I about five, and were all ready to take coach, she and I and Mercer, a little past five, but, to our trouble, the coach did not come till six. Then with our coach of four horses I hire on purpose, and Leshmore to ride by, we through the City to Branford and so to Windsor, Captain Ferrers overtaking us at Kensington, being to go with us, and here drank, and so through, making no stay, to Cranborne, about eleven o'clock, and found my Lord and the ladies at a sermon in the house; which being ended we to them, and all the company glad to see us, and mighty merry to dinner. Here was my Lord, and Lord Hinchingbrooke (18), and Mr. Sidney (15), Sir Charles Herbert (26), and Mr. Carteret (25), my Baroness Carteret (64), my Lady Jemimah, and Lady Slaning.
After dinner to talk to and again, and then to walke in the Parke, my Lord and I alone, talking upon these heads; first, he has left his business of the prizes as well as is possible for him, having cleared himself before the Commissioners by the King's commands, so that nothing or little is to be feared from that point, he goes fully assured, he tells me, of the King's favour. That upon occasion I may know, I desired to know, his friends I may trust to, he tells me, but that he is not yet in England, but continues this summer in Ireland, my Lord Orrery (44) is his father almost in affection.
He tells me my Lord of Suffolke (47), Lord Arlington (48), Archbishop of Canterbury (67), Lord Treasurer (58), Mr. Atturny Montagu (48), Sir Thomas Clifford (35) in the House of Commons, Sir G. Carteret (56), and some others I cannot presently remember, are friends that I may rely on for him. He tells me my Chancellor (57) seems his very good friend, but doubts that he may not think him so much a servant of the Duke of Yorke's (32) as he would have him, and indeed my Lord tells me he hath lately made it his business to be seen studious of the King's favour, and not of the Duke's, and by the King (35) will stand or fall, for factions there are, as he tells me, and God knows how high they may come.
The Duke of Albemarle's (57) post is so great, having had the name of bringing in the King (35), that he is like to stand, or, if it were not for him, God knows in what troubles we might be from some private faction, if an army could be got into another hand, which God forbid! It is believed that though Mr. Coventry (38) be in appearance so great against the Chancellor (57), yet that there is a good understanding between the Duke and him. He dreads the issue of this year, and fears there will be some very great revolutions before his coming back again. He doubts it is needful for him to have a pardon for his last year's actions, all which he did without commission, and at most but the King's private single word for that of Bergen; but he dares not ask it at this time, lest it should make them think that there is something more in it than yet they know; and if it should be denied, it would be of very ill consequence. He says also, if it should in Parliament be enquired into the selling of Dunkirke (though the Chancellor (57) was the man that would have it sold to France, saying the King of Spayne (60) had no money to give for it); yet he will be found to have been the greatest adviser of it; which he is a little apprehensive may be called upon this Parliament. He told me it would not be necessary for him to tell me his debts, because he thinks I know them so well. He tells me, that for the match propounded of Mrs. Mallett (15) for my Lord Hinchingbrooke (18), it hath been lately off, and now her friends bring it on again, and an overture hath been made to him by a servant of hers, to compass the thing without consent of friends, she herself having a respect to my Lord's family, but my Lord will not listen to it but in a way of honour. The Duke hath for this weeke or two been very kind to him, more than lately; and so others, which he thinks is a good sign of faire weather again. He says the Archbishopp of Canterbury (67) hath been very kind to him, and hath plainly said to him that he and all the world knows the difference between his judgment and brains and the Duke of Albemarle's (57), and then calls my Lady Duchesse (46) the veryst slut and drudge and the foulest worde that can be spoke of a woman almost.
My Lord having walked an houre with me talking thus and going in, and my Baroness Carteret (64) not suffering me to go back again to-night, my Lord to walke again with me about some of this and other discourse, and then in a-doors and to talke with all and with my Baroness Carteret (64), and I with the young ladies and gentle men, who played on the guittar, and mighty merry, and anon to supper, and then my Lord going away to write, the young gentlemen to flinging of cushions, and other mad sports; at this late till towards twelve at night, and then being sleepy, I and my wife in a passage-room to bed, and slept not very well because of noise.

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John Evelyn's Diary 06 December 1697. 06 Dec 1697. I went to Kensington with the Sheriff, Knights, and chief gentlemen of Surrey, to present their address to the King (47). The Duke of Norfolk (42) promised to introduce it, but came so late, that it was presented before be came. This insignificant ceremony was brought in in Cromwell's time, and has ever since continued with offers of life and fortune to whoever happened to have the power. I dined at Sir Richard Onslow's (43), who treated almost all the gentlemen of Surrey. When we had half dined, the Duke of Norfolk (42) came in to make his excuse.

Abingdon Villas, Kensington

43 Abingdon Villas, Kensington

On 23 Jun 1876 Matthew Noble Sculptor 1817-1876 (59) died at his home 43 Abingdon Villas. He was buried at Brompton Cemetery.

Brompton Cemetery, 43 Abingdon Villas, Kensington

On 23 Jun 1876 Matthew Noble Sculptor 1817-1876 (59) died at his home 43 Abingdon Villas. He was buried at Brompton Cemetery.

On 24 Nov 1876 Maria Francesca Rossetti 1827-1876 (49) died unmarried of overian cancer. She was buried in the convent plot at Brompton Cemetery.

On 01 Jan 1957 Luisa Adele Rosa Maria Amman Marchesa Casati 1881-1957 (75) died at 32 Beaufort Gardens. She was buried at Brompton Cemetery.

1919. Augustus John Painter 1878-1961. Portrait of Luisa Adele Rosa Maria Amman Marchesa Casati 1881-1957.1919. Augustus John Painter 1878-1961. Portrait of Luisa Adele Rosa Maria Amman Marchesa Casati 1881-1957.1942. Augustus John Painter 1878-1961. Portrait of Luisa Adele Rosa Maria Amman Marchesa Casati 1881-1957.Before 1931. Giovanni Boldinni Painter 1842-1931. Portrait of Luisa Adele Rosa Maria Amman Marchesa Casati 1881-1957 With A Greyhound.1914. Giovanni Boldinni Painter 1842-1931. Portrait of Luisa Adele Rosa Maria Amman Marchesa Casati 1881-1957.

Brompton Oratory, 43 Abingdon Villas, Kensington

Marriage of Duke of Norfolk and Miss Strutt

Times Newspaper Marriages. 28 Jan 1937. THE DUKE OF NORFOLK AND MISS STRUTT.
Princess Alice Countess of Athlone (53) and Major-General the Earl of Athlone (63), and Prince Arthur of Connaught (54) were present yesterday afternoon at the marriage at Brompton Oratory of the Duke of Norfolk, Premier Peer and Hereditary Earl Marshal of England (28), and the Hon. Lavinia Mary Strutt (20), only daughter of Lord Belper (53) and the Countess of Rosebery (44).
Princess Alice (53) wore a mink coat over a dress of burgundy-red crepe, with a small red hat to match.
The Oratory was decorated with four large stands of flowers, placed at the chancel steps. They were in mixed shades of red and included amaryllis lilies, poinsettia, anthuriums, roses, carnations, and red leaves. While the guests were arriving the organist played Mendelssohn's Allegretto from the Fourth Sonata, Elgar's Allegro Maestoso from the First Sonata, and the prelude and fugue in E flat, and the organ choral "Mortify us by Thy Goodness" by J. S. Bach.
The bride (20) arrived with her father, Lord Belper (53), and was loudly cheered by the crowd outside the Oratory, who broke through the police cordon. She walked up the nave to Handel's March from the Occasional Oratorio, and was met by Father Talbot and Father John Cuddon. Miss Strutt (20) wore a classically simple dress of silver lame, cut on straight sheath lines with long tight sleeves and a high round roll collar. The skirt just touched the ground and was continued at the back to form a long square train. She wore a girdle of silver cord knotted in front. Her long veil of white tulle fell from a simple coronet of orange-blossom and green leaves, and she carried a sheaf of arum lilies. She was followed by six little pages-Robin Herbert, Timothy Hunloke, Bob McCreery, John Scrope, George Vivian-Smith, and Michael Watt; and by six bridesmaids-Lady Katharine (25) and Lady Winefride Howard (23) (sisters of the bridegroom), Lady Anne Bridgeman (23), the Hon. Pamela Digby (16), Miss Gillian Drummond, and Miss Nancy Malcolmnson. The bridegroom's (28) racing colours, pale blue and scarlet, were introduced into the dresses and suits of the attendants. The pages were in pale blue satin suits piped with scarlet, and the bridesmaids wore dresses of sky-blue corded crepe, with touches of scarlet at the waistline. They had high rounded necklines with long bell sleeves and their headdresses of red bavardia were massed in front. They carried bouquets of red flowers, including tulips, amaryllis lilies, carnations, and euphorbia. The bridegroom gave them brooches showing his and his bride's initials in rubies and diamonds. The Earl of Eldon (37) was best man.
The marriage service was very short and non-choral, as the bride (20) is not a Roman Catholic. After they had plighted their troth Father Ronald Knox gave an address from the centre of the transept. The bride (20) and bridegroom (28) remained kneeling at the chancel steps, facing the altar. They then went in procession to the vestry, where the registrar, Mr. J. P. Bond, conducted the civil ceremony.
Afterwards the bride (20) and bridegroom (28) left for 38, Mayfair (the residence of the Earl of Rosebery (55)), where the Countess of Rosebery (44) held a reception. The bride (20) went away for the honeymoon in a dress of black and red shot silk taffeta, under a broadtail coat with a fur cap to match.
Among those present at the Oratory were:
The Earl (55) and Countess of Rosebery (44).
The Duchess of Norfolk (60).
Lady Rachel Howard (32).
Lady Belper.
the Hon. Alexander (24) and the Hon. Michael Strutt (23), the Hon. Mrs. Parry-Evans. Mr. and the Hon. Mrs. Vernon Malcolmsonson, Lord and Lady Aberdare, the Hon. Margaret Strutt, the Hon. Mrs. Frank Hormsby, etc.

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Gloucester Lodge, 43 Abingdon Villas, Kensington

On 14 Dec 1812 Charles Canning 1st Earl Canning 1812-1862 was born to George Canning Prime Mininster 1770-1827 (42) and Joan Scott Viscountess Canning 1776-1837 (36) at Gloucester Lodge.

In 1810. Thomas Lawrence Painter 1769-1830. Portrait of George Canning Prime Mininster 1770-1827.

On 04 Apr 1825 Ulick Burgh 1st Marquess Clanricarde 1802-1874 (22) and Harriet Canning Marchioness Clanricarde 1804-1876 (20) were married at Gloucester Lodge. She by marriage Marchioness Clarincade.

St Augustine's in the Gate, 43 Abingdon Villas, Kensington

In May 1631 Thomas Turner Dean Canterbury 1591-1672 (40) obtained the rectory of St Augustine's in the Gate, but exchanged it on 10 Nov 1631 for that of Southwark.

Ashburn Place, Kensington

On 06 Mar 1927 Marie Spartali aka Stilman Painter 1844-1927 (82) died at Ashburn Place.

Brompton, Kensington

On 10 Feb 1791 Erskine Douglas -1791 died at Brompton.

On 28 Mar 1809 George Richmond Painter 1809-1896 was born in Brompton.

Campden Hill, Kensington

On 03 Oct 1860 Alfred Edward Chalon Painter 1780-1860 (80) died at Campden Hill.

Cromwell Road, Kensington

The Nashville was located at the corner of Cromwell Road and North End Road.

The Nashville, Cromwell Road, Kensington

The Nashville was located at the corner of Cromwell Road and North End Road.

Earls Court, Kensington

On 24 Aug 1703 Lionel Boyle 3rd Earl Orrery 1671-1703 (32) died at Earls Court.

On 05 Aug 1802 Richard Grosvenor 1st Earl Grosvenor 1731-1802 (71) died at Earls Court. Richard Grosvenor 1st Earl Grosvenor 1731-1802 (71) was buried at Grosvenor Vault St Mary's Church Eccleston. His son Robert Grosvenor 1st Marquess Westminster 1767-1845 (35) succeeded 2nd Earl Grosvenor. Eleanor Egerton Marchioness Westminster 1770-1846 (32) by marriage Countess Grosvenor.

Eaton Place, Kensington

47 Eaton Place, Kensington

On 20 Apr 1848 Katherine Isabella Manners 1809-1848 (39) died of smallpox at 47 Eaton Place.

1839 Francis Grant Painter 1803-1878. Portrait of Katherine Isabella Manners 1809-1848.

Holland House, Kensington

In 1682 Jean Chardin Traveller 1643-1713 (38) was elected Fellow of the Royal Society. He was living at Holland House at the time.

Cope Castle Holland House, Kensington

In 1605 Walter Cope 1553-1614 (52) commissioned the building of Cope Castle Holland House.

On 30 Jul 1614 Walter Cope 1553-1614 (61) died at Cope Castle Holland House.

Hyde Park

Kensal Green, Kensington

Kensington Gore

On 06 Aug 1745 Henry Shirley 3rd Earl Ferrers 1691-1745 (53) died at Kensington Gore. His nephew Laurence Shirley 4th Earl Ferrers 1720-1760 (24) succeeded 4th Earl Ferrers.

Kensington High Street

St Mary Abbots, Kensington High Street

On 07 Apr 1663 William Clifton 3rd Baronet Clifton 1663-1686 was christened at St Mary Abbots.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Park Gardens

11 Kensington Park Gardens

On 23 Aug 1903 Alexandra Orr nee Leighton 1828-1903 (74) died at 11 Kensington Park Gardens.

1892. Frederick Leighton Painter 1830-1896. Portrait of Alexandra Orr nee Leighton 1828-1903, the artist's sister.1853. Frederick Leighton Painter 1830-1896. Portrait of Alexandra Orr nee Leighton 1828-1903, the artist's sister.1889. Frederick Leighton Painter 1830-1896. Portrait of Alexandra Orr nee Leighton 1828-1903, the artist's sister.

Kensington Square

41 Kensington Square

In 1866 Edward Coley Burne-Jones Painter Baronet 1833-1898 (32) and his family moved to 41 Kensington Square.

Around Jul 1866 Margaret Burne-Jones 1866-1953 was born to Edward Coley Burne-Jones Painter Baronet 1833-1898 (32) and Georgiana Macdonald 1840-1920 (25) at 41 Kensington Square.

From 1883. Edward Coley Burne-Jones Painter Baronet 1833-1898. Portrait of his wife Georgiana Macdonald 1840-1920 and their children Philip Burne-Jones 1861- and Margaret Burne-Jones 1866-1953.Around 1886. Edward Coley Burne-Jones Painter Baronet 1833-1898. Portrait of his daughter Margaret Burne-Jones 1866-1953.1863. Edward Coley Burne-Jones Painter Baronet 1833-1898. Portrait of his wife Georgiana Macdonald 1840-1920.1870. Edward Poynter Painter Baronet 1836-1919. Portrait of Georgiana Macdonald 1840-1920.

Knightsbridge

Melbury Road, Kensington

2A Melbury Road, Kensington

In 1881 William Hamo Thornycroft Sculptor 1850-1925 (30) was living at his father's home 2A Melbury Road.

Around 1884. Joseph Parkin Mayall Photographer 1839-1906. Portrait of William Hamo Thornycroft Sculptor 1850-1925.

North End Road, Kensington

The Nashville was located at the corner of Cromwell Road and North End Road.

Prince's Terrace Kensington

4 Prince's Terrace Kensington

On 21 Jun 1814 Gilbert Elliot 1st Earl Minto 1751-1814 (63) died at his home 4 Prince's Terrace Kensington. He was buried in Westminster Abbey. His son Gilbert Elliot Murray Kynynmound 2nd Earl Minto 1782-1859 (31) succeeded 2nd Earl Minto of Minto in Roxburghshire.

St Stephen's Church, Kensington

In 1909 Charles Frederick Ratcliffe and Dorothy Una Ratcliffe nee Clough 1887-1967 (21) were married at St Stephen's Church.

After 1909. Ambrose McEvoy Painter 1877-1927. Portrait of Dorothy Una Ratcliffe nee Clough 1887-1967.

Vicarage Place Kensington

On 27 May 1848 Princess Sophia Hanover 1777-1848 (70) died at Vicarage Place Kensington. Princess Augusta Hesse Kassel Duchess Cambridge 1797-1889 (50) and Marie Luise Victoria Saxe Coburg Gotha Duchess Kent and Strathearn 1786-1861 (61) were present.

Around 1810. Thomas Lawrence Painter 1769-1830. Portrait of Princess Sophia Hanover 1777-1848.In 1797. William Beechey Painter 1753-1839. Portrait of Princess Sophia Hanover 1777-1848.In  1818. William Beechey Painter 1753-1839. Portrait of Princess Augusta Hesse Kassel Duchess Cambridge 1797-1889.1835. George Hayter Painter 1792-1871. Portrait of Marie Luise Victoria Saxe Coburg Gotha Duchess Kent and Strathearn 1786-1861.Around 1857. Franz Xaver Winterhalter Painter 1805-1873. Portrait of Marie Luise Victoria Saxe Coburg Gotha Duchess Kent and Strathearn 1786-1861.Around 1832. Richard Rothwell Painter 1800-1868. Portrait of Marie Luise Victoria Saxe Coburg Gotha Duchess Kent and Strathearn 1786-1861.

Warwick Gardens, Kensington

2 Warwick Gardens, Kensington

On 06 May 1879 Hilary Lushington Hunt 1879- was born to William Holman Hunt Painter 1827-1910 (52) and Marion Edith Waugh 1847- (32) at 2 Warwick Gardens.

03 Apr 1881. Census. 2 Warwick Gardens
William Holman Hunt Painter 1827-1910 (54). Head. 54. Artist.
Marion Edith Waugh 1847- (34). Wife. 34.
Gladys Hunt 1878- (3). Daughter. 4.
Hilary Lushington Hunt 1879- (1). Son. 1.
Mary A Ottaway. 42. Nurse.
Josephine M Murphy. 23. Housemaid.
Ada M Clemens. 23. Nurse.
Annie Burton. 26. Cook.

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Wynnstay Gardens, Kensington

18 Wynnstay Gardens, Kensington

In 1891 William Hamo Thornycroft Sculptor 1850-1925 (40) was living at 18 Wynnstay Gardens with his wife Agatha Cox 1864-1958 (26) with two children Oliver and Joan.