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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

19th January 1989 Norma Varden, actress (Loose in London), dies

19th January 1966 Tippetts cantate Vision of St Augustine, premieres in London

19th January 1940 Comedian and Eastenders actor Mike Reid was born in Hackney, East London.

19th January 1917 The Silvertown explosion kills 73 people in the East End.go to related location

19th January 1907 Born today: Lillian Harvey, London England, actress (Invitation to the Waltz)

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 Park in London

The oldest public park in London, dating from 1606.


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