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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

16th October 1988 Smile Jamaica concert for Hurricane Gilbert victims held in London

16th October 1987 175-kph winds cause blackout in London, much of southern England

16th October 1959 Born today: Gary Kemp, London, rock guitarist (Spandau Ballet-True)

16th October 1958 The first episode of children's TV show Blue Peter is aired on Television.

16th October 1951 Born today: Daniel Gerroll, London, actor (Big Business)

16th October 1936 Actor Peter Bowles was born in London.

16th October 1927 Born today: Lee Montague, London England, actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust)

16th October 1925 Murder She Wrote actress Angela Lansbury was born in London.go to related location

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16th October 1834 London parliament catches fire historic documents burn

The Lost Zoo of Walworth



The Lost Zoo of Walworth

The original site, now long gone, of Walworth Zoo.

Location: Sullivan Road, Southwark

Description: Around 1831 Pasley Park (also known as Surrey Gardens) contained some of the first wild and exotic animals in England. Rhino, elephants, snakes, leopards and the first giraffes ever in the UK could be seen at the Royal Surrey Zoological Gardens.

Established by Edward Cross, this now forgotten 18 acre park was home to a 12000 capacity music hall, and 30 years of panoramas - lavish and extraordinary themed outdoor spectaculars featuring erupting volcanoes and even Napoleon crossing the Alps and the City of Rome.

The grounds were laid out by Henry Phillips, author of Sylva Florifera, and were extremely beautiful and varied. At its peak the gardens brought in up to 8,000 visitors a day paying a shilling each. It was a favourite of Queen Victoria and the Royal children and even General Tom Thumb performed there!

Today very little remains of this extraordinary history, the animals were sold off in 1855, the grand music hall destroyed by fire in 1862 and the park finally closed in 1877.

Surrey Gardens was developed in the 1950's as it stands today.

Artefacts from the Royal Surrey Zoological Gardens can be seen at the Lost Southwark exhibition currently showing at the Cuming Museum on Walworth Road.

Its locally rumoured that on summer nights the faint ghostly sounds of lions and bears can be heard!


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The Lost Zoo of Walworth

The original site, now long gone, of Walworth Zoo.


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