Address: Cheyne Walk SW3
A small sunken garden with sheltered seating and enclosed grass
and shrub areas near to Chelsea Embankment.
In Ropers gardens an ancient cherry tree is the gardens most
outstanding feature. This was planted to celebrate the visit of
Gunji Koizumi, who introduced judo to the UK.
The site was part of the marriage gift of Sir Thomas More to his
daughter Margaret on her marriage to William Roper in 1521, and was
once an orchard. A parachute mine on 17 April 1941 destroyed the
buildings here and a small sunken garden was created on the bomb
damaged area. The foundation stone was laid by Cllr Lady Heath,
Mayor of the Metropolitan Borough of Chelsea on 11 March 1964. The
design was by Bridgwater Shepherd and Epstein.