Kensington palace

Related Overviews

Sir Christopher Wren (1632—1723) architect, mathematician, and astronomer

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Conference

John Vanbrugh (1664—1726) playwright and architect

See all related overviews in Oxford Index » »


More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • British History


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

Is architecturally one of the more modest royal residences, but historically it is full of interest. It began life as a private residence of the Finch family and was purchased by William III in 1689 since it provided fresh air but was near to London. Wren, surveyor of the works, was employed to rebuild extensively, but the scale was moderate, partly because there was lavish building at Hampton Court. The delightful orangery by Vanbrugh was added during Anne's reign. Much of the later internal decoration, including the king's staircase, was by William Kent, and the gardens were laid out and redeveloped by George London, Henry Wise, and Charles Bridgeman. The Round Pond and the Serpentine were finished during the reign of George I.

Subjects: British History.

Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.