Gardens and Parks of London
Alec Clifton-Taylor - Commemorative Garden at St Mary's Abbott

Alec Clifton-Taylor OBE (2 August 1907 - 1 April 1985) was a noted English architectural historian, writer and broadcaster. Clifton-Taylor was educated at Bishop's Stortford College and The Queen's College, Oxford, and went on to the Courtauld Institute of Art.
His best-known and most influential book is The Pattern of English Building (1962), an early examination of the architectural vernacular: it approaches its subject through the building materials, and methods, specific to particular areas of England.  Two of his other books are studies of ecclesiastical architecture: The Cathedrals of England and English Parish Churches as Works of Art.
Along with Nikolaus Pevsner (to whose Buildings of England series he was a contributor) and John Betjeman, Clifton-Taylor is considered one of the three most significant figures in the study of English churches. Clifton-Taylor gained his greatest public recognition late in life through his work for the BBC. After being introduced through Pevsner to BBC arts producer Jon Drummond, Clifton-Taylor presented a series of eight television programmes on British architecture, The Spirit of the Age, from 1974-1975.
He went on to present three extremely popular series of half-hour BBC programmes: Six English Towns (1977), Six More English Towns, and Another Six English Towns (1984), in which he visited many towns, among them Chichester, Richmond, Stamford, Lewes, Bradford on Avon, Beverley, Cirencester Whitby, Bury St Edmunds, Devizes, Sandwich and Durham, discussing their architectural character and evolution in an opinionated though accessible (and often gently humorous) style.  Each series was accompanied by its own book.
Clifton-Taylor believed that local materials had to be used if building was to look 'right', and was therefore critical of much Victorian and subsequent architecture, erected after the railways had facilitated the transport of cheaper materials alien to a particular locale.
He lived in Kensington, West London, for much of his life, and was president of the Kensington Society, an organisation devoted to preserving the borough's architecture and open spaces.
The Alec Clifton-Taylor Memorial Garden is located at St Mary Abbotts in Kensington.