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Hyde Park

The People's Park

Publication Date15th July 2015

Book FormatPaperback

pages128

Illustrations150

Height168

Width246

The story of London’s favourite Royal Park and neighbouring Kensington Gardens, beautifully illustrated with paintings, prints, postcards and modern photographs.
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ISBN
9781445642888

Hyde Park is a London favourite. You can walk, lie in the grass, play games, take exercise and engage in sport. It has been a venue for mass celebrations since VE Day and for public events including Proms in the Park, the Olympics and countless music festivals. There is a truly fascinating history behind the park we know today and the neighbouring Kensington Gardens.


On 1 July 1536, Henry VIII compelled the Convent of Westminster to hand over land that he then enclosed for hunting purposes – and so Hyde Park began. However, it was not until the reign of Charles I that the people of London were allowed access to the park. Sold by Parliament in 1652; beset by highwaymen when the village of Kensington became home to much of the aristocracy; partially appropriated by George II to make Kensington Gardens – Hyde Park has a dramatic past. It was, however, the Great Exhibition that was to have the greatest impact on its history. The world came to Hyde Park, with as many as 100,000 visitors occupying the exhibition at a time. It became London’s central attraction and remains the city’s greatest open space. It is truly the people’s park and, without a doubt, one of the greatest places to visit in London.

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