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The Gardens and Green Spaces of Early Modern London (Live Lecture)

Monday, 5 February '24   5:30pm – 7pm GMT
Francis Holland School, Sloane Square, 39 Graham Terrace, London, SW1W 8JF
61 spaces available
The Gardens and Green Spaces of Early Modern London (Live Lecture)


Speaker: Dr David Marsh,The Gardens Trust

London today is one of the greenest cities in the world but was it always so? This talk will explore the origins and changing uses of the city’s gardens and green spaces - parks, churchyards, commercial gardens as well as private gardens - during the 16th to 18th centuries,  to show they were not just places to hunt, grow food or bury the dead but places of  elaborate displays of wealth and status for the rich, a source of pleasure and recreation for the less well-to-do, and a place of very hard work for the garden labourers who toiled in them.

Dr David Marsh researches, lectures and writes on any and all aspects of garden history, and helps organise the Garden History seminar at London University’s Institute of Historical Research. He is a trustee of the Gardens Trust and is the founder and inspiration behind their  extensive on-line lecture programme. For the last ten years he has also written a weekly garden history blog for them which you can find at - he has written over 400 posts so far!

Photo: The British Museum

Tickets Bookable until 12:00pm, Friday 2 February


Please arrive at the school at 17:30 for a 18:00 start.
Refreshments (wine and nibbles) will be available.
Please note that the lecture room is accessed via a flight of stairs.
The nearest tube station is Sloane Square.
The lecture will also be streamed live and the link will be sent to all ticket bookers the following day with the lecture available to watch online for a week.



Live Lecture Ticket

61 available until Fri 2 Feb '24 12pm
Your ticket entitles you to attend the live lecture at The Frances Holland School as well as access to a recording of the event for as week after.


Francis Holland School, Sloane Square
39 Graham Terrace

Please note that this venue is not suitable for those with mobility issues as there is a flight of stairs to climb to reach the lecture theatre.