Place    From 19/6/1869 

Southwark Park

Categories: Gardens / Agriculture

The Park was created mainly from market gardens. More information at  Historic England. The opening day is variously given as 19 or 9.

An information board at each of the main entrances to the park gives the following information:

Southwark Park is Grade II listed, covers 26 hectares and opened to the public on the 19th June 1869. Its design was based on an original map, produced by the Superintendent Architect, Mr Vulliamy, and Alexander McKenzie. The original intention was for part of the park to be used as building plots, but the Vestry of Bermondsey opposed this.

In 1884 a bandstand which was acquired from the Great Exhibition {actually the International Exhibition of 1862} in South Kensington was placed in the Park.

By 1885 substantial changes to the layout had occurred including the addition of the lake. In 1908 the lake was enlarged and adapted for boating. The English Rose Garden replaced island bedding in 1934 and was commissioned by Dr Salter to create a peaceful retreat for people to relax. In 1942 it was renamed the Ada Salter Garden in memory of his wife. In 1872 the carriage drive was reduced in width when the building plans were eventually shelved. The original carriage drive leading from Jamaica Gate now divides the park.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
Southwark Park

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Bandstand - Southwark Park

Francis Fowke designed the buildings for the 1862 International Exhibition in...

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Southwark Park Act gates

{On each of the 4 gate leaves:} Southwark Park Act - 150 years {On the raili...

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Other Subjects

Friends of Norwood Grove

Friends of Norwood Grove

Active in 1986 but it seems dormant now, 2022.

Group, Community / Clubs, Gardens / Agriculture

1 memorial
New River Loop - restoration

New River Loop - restoration

London Gardens Trust says "In 1890 the portion of the New River around Enfield village was piped underground, thereby making this stretch redundant. It was saved from being filled in by a public ca...

Event, Gardens / Agriculture

1 memorial
Reginald Brabazon, 12th Earl Meath, KP

Reginald Brabazon, 12th Earl Meath, KP

Born near Belgrave Square. The Earl of Meath was actively engaged in social and philanthropic work. He was the first chairman of the Young Men's Friendly Society, first President of the British Col...

Person, Gardens / Agriculture, Philanthropy, Social Welfare

1 memorial
Manor of Hyde

Manor of Hyde

An area roughly equivalent to modern-day Hyde Park. It was owned by Westminster Abbey, and its woods afforded both fire-wood and shelter for the monks and for their game and water-fowl.

Place, Gardens / Agriculture

1 memorial
Kensington Gardens

Kensington Gardens

Royal Parks say: "William III bought what was originally part of Hyde Park in 1689.  An asthma sufferer, the king found the location quiet and the air salubrious and so he commissioned Sir Christop...

Place, Gardens / Agriculture, Royalty

2 memorials