As we have already written, recent months have brought new painting and decorating projects for the public sector in London. One of the projects we got involved in was the renovation of St Luke’s Gardens. We are happy to inform you that the work has just finished!
About St Luke’s Gardens
St Luke’s Gardens is a popular place for both local residents and those who visit King’s Road. Their history dates back to the late 18th century when increases in Chelsea’s population created a demand for new burial grounds. After searching for a suitable place, a square near Kings Road was selected and in 1812 St Luke’s Graveyard was consecrated.
Population growth also made the parish church too small, so it was decided to build a new church in the middle of St Luke’s burial grounds. Importantly for us, from the point of view of painters and decorators in London, St. Luke’s is one of the first Neo-Gothic churches in London!
Coming back to the gardens – they ceased to serve as burial grounds in 1857 and were converted into a public garden in 1881. The tombstones have been moved and now serve as a boundary wall.
In 1887, a grant from the London County Council made it possible to expand and develop the gardens. The beauty of the gardens was influenced by the selection of specialists (just like today!) – the garden was planted by the local nurseryman and prominent plant collector, James Veitch.
Unfortunately, during the Second World War, St Luke’s Garden suffered from bombing. The original fencing for the park was removed in the early 1940s.
Of course, St Luke’s Gardens were gradually restored to their former glory. Nowadays, renovation and decoration worksIgnas – reliable painters and decorators in Kensington take place regularly. Such a rich history of St Luke’s Park makes us proud to be a part of it and to contribute to keeping them in their natural beauty.