Situated on Kew Green, adjacent to the world famous Royal Botanic Gardens, stands
this fine Church building. With its historic Royal connections and many monuments
Saint Anne's Church witnesses to the Christian faith and its central place, both
past and present, in Kew community life.
Musical Museum, near Kew
The Musical Museum contains one of the world’s foremost collections of automatic
instruments. From the tiny clockwork Musical Box to the self playing ‘Mighty Wurlitzer’,
the collection embraces an impressive and comprehensive array of sophisticated reproducing
pianos, orchestrions, orchestrelles, residence organs and violin players.
There is a concert hall seating 230 complete with stage and an orchestra pit from
which the Wurlitzer console will rise to entertain you, just as it did in the cinema
in the 1930’s.
Kew Palace, Kew Green This stunningly beautiful British Royal Palace in Kew Gardens
on the banks of the Thames up river from London was the home to George III. The building
today known as Kew Palace and opposite the old palace, was originally a mansion of
moderate proportions known as the Dutch House. It was taken on a long lease by George
III from the descendants of Sir Richard Levett, a powerful merchant and the former
Lord Mayor of the City of London, who had purchased it from the grandson of the original
owner, a Dutch merchant who had built the house in 1663.
The Barn Church, Kew The Barn Church was the first church in England to be built
from a barn. The timbers come from a 17th-century barn in Oxted, in the far corner
of Surrey. The Oxted barn was L-shaped, and used at various times for cattle and
the storage of hops and crops. When the timbers were dismantled and moved to Kew
in 1929, they were numbered. (You can still see the numbers on the beams). They were
then reassembled to create one long nave.
Kew Music Festival have been very fortunate to be allowed the use of a number of
private residences in Kew. Some wonderful concerts took place in their drawing rooms
in 2010. Kew Music Festival thanks the owners of these houses and looks forward to
returning in 2011.