SOUTHWARK PARK.

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Re: SOUTHWARK PARK.

Postby kiwi » Thu Mar 14, 2019 2:03 am

Southwark Park Bermondsey, dog show June 1953.jpg
Southwark Park Bermondsey, dog show June 1953

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Re: SOUTHWARK PARK.

Postby kiwi » Wed May 01, 2019 10:10 am

Southwark Park Cricket Club, still going strong, Bobby Abel would have been proud. c2017.
Southwark Park Cricket Club, still going strong, Bobby Abel would have been proud. c2017.jpg
Born in Rotherhithe,England Cricketer. X.jpg
BLUE PLAQUE,SOUTHWARK PARK, BERMONDSEY. X.jpg

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Re: SOUTHWARK PARK.

Postby kiwi » Wed May 08, 2019 1:15 am

How many happy memories Southwark Park has given to so many people over the years and still continues to do so today, after all this time. My memories go back over 70 years when we would walk from the Old Kent Road and think nothing of it, sadly I can’t walk that far anymore but the happy memories are still there. :D
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Southwark Park opening.

On this day 150 years ago, Southwark Park was born. Or at least, the government approved the law that was to see the park created, as a recreational space for local dock workers in Rotherhithe and Deptford. Passed into law on the 28th April 1864, it was however to take until June 1869 before the farmland in the area would be suitably laid out as a Victorian park.The space the park took over was used for nursery farm, and owned by the redoubtable sounding Field Marshall Sir William Gomm GCB. It took a year to negotiate the sale of the land, and then another year to settle the tenancies on the land. Also, while at first, the act proposed that 130 acres of land were to be purchased, in the end just 63 acres were secured. At the opening ceremony, the Illustrated London News noted that the streets around the area had a very gay aspect with flags and bunting. And, in spite of the inclement weather, most of the assembled were described as the working class, who had put on their best attire for the occasion.The park almost didn’t last much longer in its new state, as by 1870 the Metropolitan Board of Works was eyeing 16 acres of the parkland for redevelopment to fund the cost of buying the rest of the park in the first place. The Board of Works was well within its rights to do that, as it was clearly stated in the original act that funding was to come from developments. The cost came to £95,162 11 shillings and 3 pence. This was vigorously opposed, but the law was the law. The bulk of the park survived though, and obviously is still there to this day, 150 years later.

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Re: SOUTHWARK PARK.

Postby kiwi » Sat May 18, 2019 10:18 pm

Just a word of warning regarding these pictures,which I have taken at face value. In an earlier post of the Lido it was pointed out that, and quite rightly by Fosney that the pictures where not of Southwark Park Lido, obviously I do try to check but don’t always get it right, so once again thanks to Fosney. ;)
Southwark Park Open Air Lido Bermondsey   X.jpg
Southwark Park Open Air Lido Bermondsey
Southwark Park Open Air Lido in Southwark Park. X.jpg

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Re: SOUTHWARK PARK.

Postby kiwi » Wed May 22, 2019 10:13 pm

Southwark Park 1900 - 1930.  X.jpg
Southwark Park 1900 - 1930

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Re: SOUTHWARK PARK.

Postby Fogbrain » Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:16 pm

kiwi wrote:Just a word of warning regarding these pictures,which I have taken at face value. In an earlier post of the Lido it was pointed out that, and quite rightly by Fosney that the pictures where not of Southwark Park Lido

I don't think either of these is Southwark Park.

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Re: SOUTHWARK PARK.

Postby kiwi » Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:28 am

SOUTHWARK PARK, MAIN ENTRANCE & LODGE,1906.  X.png
SOUTHWARK PARK, MAIN ENTRANCE & LODGE,1906.


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