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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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Charles Bridgeman

Charles Bridgeman

Landscape gardener.  As Royal Gardener 1726-38, he laid out Kensington Gardens for Queen Caroline.  Apart from when he was staying away on the job, he lived from 1723 to  his death at what is now 5...

Person, Gardens / Agriculture

3 memorials
Henry Edmunds

Henry Edmunds

Owner of the Cholderton Estate. He is the great-grandson of Henry Charles Stephens, who founded the estate in order to develop his multiple interests in arable agriculture, aboriculture, architectu...

Person, Gardens / Agriculture

1 memorial
The Friends of Greenwich Park

The Friends of Greenwich Park

A charity dedicated to the conservation, improvement and enjoyment of Greenwich Park.

Group, Community / Clubs, Gardens / Agriculture

1 memorial
River Tyburn

River Tyburn

Covered over in 1750 but still running, underground from Hampstead to Westminster.  One of its sources is at Shepherd's Well.  Diamond Geezer has tracked the entire course. LondonMyLondon shows it,...

Place, Gardens / Agriculture

4 memorials
John Loudon

John Loudon

Garden and cemetery designer, city planner. Born Scotland as John Claudius Loudon. Studied biology, botany and agriculture. Came to London in 1803. His many publications include: Observations on La...

Person, Architecture, Gardens / Agriculture, Scotland

1 memorial