London, Brompton, Cromwell Gardens, Sixpenny Admission Ticket
Brompton was still a village in the mid- 18th century when Cromwell Gardens were built on land adjoining Hale House, commonly known as Cromwell House. A member of the family had lived in the area.
The original gardens were opened before 1762, when they are mentioned in O'Keefe's Recollections. A lead ticket for 6d. is well known and could be exchanged for refreshment at the bar. It is also generally very worn suggesting popularity and was probably issued around 1765.
Within the gardens were numerous arbours where visitors could sit and listen to music. The Sunday Ramble thought their situation was
"well adapted to gallantry and intrigue. and included illustrations which implied a dubious reputation.
This ticket almost certainly dates from 1770 when Thomas Lawrence took over the lease and the stated "Ticket Sixpence" was used to buy refreshment.
By 1776 the gardens were described as being frequented by fashionable gentlemen of Kensington and the West End, although suggestions were made that the ladies in attendance may have been of a rather different character.
Cromwell Gardens had closed by 1787 when the Duchess of Gloucester built her villa on the site.
The site is on the south side of Cromwell Road, approximately where Courtfield Road now runs.
Ex. David Young Collection. The gift of A.H.F."Fred" Baldwin, 1970.
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