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Burgess Park

Categories: Gardens / Agriculture

Unusually, this park was created out of land which had previously been built on. It is one of the largest parks in south London, and is still unfinished. The area was developed in the 19th century and badly damaged by WW2 bombs. The concept of the Park came from the 1943 Abercrombie plan for open spaces in London. In the early 1970s the Grand Surrey Canal (which used to run east-west through the southern Park) was closed and only part of it retained. Originally called St George's Park, renamed in 1974 for Councillor Jessie Burgess, Camberwell's first woman Mayor.

Our image comes from Old Maps Online where you can use a slide-bar to move from streets to Park and back again. Exploring Southwark has a good description of the area when it was built up.

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Burgess Park

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Burgess Park designers - 1979 air crash

Geoffrey Mills was the pilot - see his page for more details. Our information...

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Local people (King's Cross)

Local people (King's Cross)

Local people fought and won against office development and created The Calthorpe Project, community gardens, play space and under fives' area.

Group, Community / Clubs, Gardens / Agriculture

1 memorial
Francis Fuller

Francis Fuller

A member of the Executive Committee for the Great Exhibition 1851.Surveyor and land agent. Born Coulsdon, Surrey. Died Hove.

Person, Gardens / Agriculture, Politics & Administration

1 memorial
Gerrard Winstanley

Gerrard Winstanley

Protestant reformer, political philosopher, and activist. Co-founder of the True Levellers. Born Wigan. 1630 came to London, became an apprentice and, 1638, a freeman of the Merchant Taylors' Compa...

Person, Gardens / Agriculture, Politics & Administration

1 memorial
Harkness Roses

Harkness Roses

Rose growing company, founded in Yorkshire by brothers John and Robert Harkness, and still run as a family firm.

Group, Commerce, Gardens / Agriculture

1 memorial
Queens Wood, Highgate

Queens Wood, Highgate

50 acres. Prompted by a campaign led by Henry Reader Williams Hornsey Council purchased Queen's Wood (then called Churchyard Bottom Wood) in 1898 for "the free use of the public forever". The cha...

Place, Gardens / Agriculture

1 memorial