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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
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Duck Island Cottage
Ornate hidden cottage in St James\'s Park.
Location: Duck Island, St James's Park
Description: Hidden from public eyes is Duck Island, dating from the original use of St James's Park as a hunting park.
Charles II converted it to a baroque park and created the post of 'Governor of Duck Island' and William III had the first lodge built.
It was destroyed in 1771 and rebuilt after 1840, as a Picturesque cottage designed by John Burges Watson. In 1953 it was nearly demolished but, instead, was preserved by Royal Fine Art Commission as a keeper's cottage.
In 1994 it became the headquarters of the London Historic Parks and Gardens Trust.