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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

15th November 2004 London's bid for the 2012 Olympics officially submitted to the IOC.

15th November 1978 Harold Pinter's Betrayal, premieres in London

15th November 1960 Born today: Tilda Swinton, London England, actress (Orlando)

15th November 1930 Comedian Mike Winters (brother of Bernie) was born in Islington.go to related location

15th November 1923 Born today: Peter Hammond, London England, actor (Buccaneers)

15th November 1845 Opera Maritana is produced (London)

The Oldest Park in London



The Oldest Park in London

The oldest public park in London, dating from 1606.

Location: Finsbury Circus, London

Description: Finsbury Circus is the oldest and largest public park and an elliptical square in the City of London, England.

In 1600 the area was raised and planted with trees becoming a public park, the first in London, in 1606.

It was enclosed in 1812 to form a garden laid out in 1815 by William Montague, to the design of Charles Dance the Younger.

In 1862 it was threatened with devastation by the Metropolitan Railway Company and saved by Alfred Smee, who considered it to be one of the most beautiful London squares. In 1900 it was acquired for public use by the City Corporation.

It has an immaculately maintained massive lawn about 80 yards square with a bowls club in the centre, laid in 1904. A bandstand is located nearby.

Finsbury Circus has been used as the finish point for the Miglia Quadrato each year. In recent years it has also played host to the start of the Miglia Quadrato since the event start was removed from Smithfield Market.

The garden also features one of the oldest specimen of the pagoda tree; Sophora japonica.

During the second world war a barrage balloon was anchored on the green.


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The oldest public park in London, dating from 1606.


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