Mon 20 April 2020
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Duke Street Church
Lawn Crescent is an enclave of Kew that is remarkable even today for its distinctive appearance. Its history also sets it apart from the streets around it. Bordered by Sandycombe Road on the east, it did not form part of the Selwyn estate, unlike Lichfield Road, Ennerdale Road, The Avenue and neighbouring streets that have their origins in the 1870s and 1880s. Originally copyhold land of the Manor of Richmond, Lawn Crescent took its present form a decade or so later than these roads, and its creation was full of twists and turns.
Who were its first residents and what was the lawn in the centre of the street intended for?
Society member and Kew resident Stephen Bartlett, who enthralled us in January 2019 with his talk about Royston House and the building of Victorian Kew, will tell us the street’s story.