Early lodgings in Kensington

SG1When Ireland first moved to London in 1893 he lodged in Kensington, at an address that was to be home for his late teenage years. The full address was :

10 Sunningdale Gardens, Stratford Road, London W8 6PSG road sign

It’s a far cry from today’s average student lodgings. A secluded group of houses nestles around lovely gardens off a beautiful,SG surroundsquiet road now in a conservation area, yet within walking distance of the RCM, Kensington High Street, Chelsea and Earl’s Court. At the corner of the road is the pretty church of St Philip’s, consecrated in 1858, and almost certainly frequented by the composer, given its proximity to his lodgings and his Anglican faith.

This is how Sunningdale Gardens and the area looks today:

SG2SG3St Philip's

 

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