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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

23rd May 1968 Beatles open 2nd Apple Boutique at 161 New Kings Road.go to related location

23rd May 1951 Peter Ustinov's Love of Four Colonels, premieres in London

23rd May 1933 Born today: Joan Henrietta Collins, London, actress (Alexis-Dynasty, Bitch)

23rd May 1890 Born today: Herbert Marshall, London, actor (Murder, Razor's Edge, Little Foxes)

23rd May 1701 William Kidd, Scottish pirate, hanged at London's Execution Dock.go to related location

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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