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Vicarage Gardens is a small public garden on the former site of the Vicarage of All Saints Church, which had a large garden, although much reduced by the construction of Putney Bridge Approach. The Vicarage moved to its current location between 1915 and 1921, when the old house was demolished and the public garden laid out. It has 2 large plane trees, rose beds, shrub borders and a kiosk (boarded up). The site of the former vicarage was close to where Fulham War Memorial was erected in c.1921.
   
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Site location: Church Gate, Fulham
Postcode: SW6
Type of site: Public Gardens 
Date(s): early C20th
Designer(s):
Listed structures: LBII: Fulham War Memorial
Borough: Hammersmith & Fulham
Site ownership: LB Hammersmith & Fulham
Site management: Environment Department, Parks Service (ground maintenance by Quadron Services)
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: 7.30am - dusk
Special conditions: dog free zone
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport: Tube: Putney Bridge (District). Bus: 22, 39, 85, 93, 265, 270
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/06/2003
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.lbhf.gov.uk

Fuller information:

Vicarage Gardens is a small public garden laid out in the early C20th below Putney Bridge Approach, and was once the garden of the old vicarage of All Saintís Church (q.v.) and adjacent to the churchyard. The Vicarage moved to its current location to the north of Sir William Powell's Almshouses (q.v.) between 1915 and 1921, when the old house was demolished and the public garden laid out. The OS of 1866 shows the old vicarage with a large garden laid out with trees, beds and paths, but by 1886 the site was much reduced in size by the construction of Putney Bridge Approach. The old vicarage existed on this site from before 1430, when it is referred to in Court Rolls of the Manor of Fulham. In a Report of the Commissioners of the Augmentation of Livings, 1647-58, it had 'orchards and garden' worth £16 a year. Charles James-Feret in his 'Fulham Old and New' describes the vicarage grounds, which were over an acre, before the building of the bridge: 'the garden once boasted some enormous trees, in which the crows used to build. Some of the trees and shrubs here were propagated from the celebrated arboretum at Fulham Palace. Against the walls of the houses in Bridge Street grew some fine pear trees. This part of the grounds, separated from the lawn by a hedge was used as a vegetable garden.'

By 1915 the Grand Theatre was built on the portion of land divided off by the new roadway. The site of the former vicarage was close to where the War Memorial was erected c.1921. The Memorial has a bronze statue representing Peace and a kneeling cherub, the work of Alfred Turner, a commemorative Roll of Honour set into the wall, and iron gates. The public garden is well-laid out and has 2 large plane trees, rose beds, and shrub borders with a kiosk, now boarded up.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England London 3: North West' (Penguin, 1999 ed); Charles James-Feret, 'Fulham Old and New', 1900; LB Hammersmith & Fulham 'Bishops Park Conservation Area Character Appraisal', 1998; Barbara Denny, 'Fulham Past' (Historical Publications, 1997)
Grid ref: TQ243759
Size in hectares: 0.80 with All Saints churchyd
   
On EH National Register : No
EH grade :
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
No
 
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:
In Conservation Area: Yes
Conservation Area name: Bishopís Park 8. L
Tree Preservation Order: No
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: Yes
Special Policy Area: Yes - Thames Policy Area; Archaeological Priority Area
Other LA designation:
   

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