Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Kew Church

Kew Church - photograph


The chapel of St. Anne of Kew Green was built in 1714, and restored by Sir Jeffrey Wyatt in 1837-8. George III. was particularly fond of this ivy-covered, red-brick place of worship, and built the royal gallery at the west end. William IV. presented to the church an organ, on which Handel is said to have played, but this has been replaced by a newer instrument. In 1883 a new chancel was added, with a mortuary chapel crowned by a dwarf cupola (as shown in our view to the left) beyond it, and in this mausoleum now rest the remains of the late Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the latter of whom died in 1889. In the churchyard Gainsborough and Zoffany are buried, as well as other men of mark.