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Battersea Park, London

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Battersea Park is a 200 acre green space at Battersea in the London Borough of Wandsworth in London. It is situated on the south bank of the River Thames opposite Chelsea and was opened in 1858.The park occupies marshland reclaimed from the Thames and land formerly used for market gardens.HistoryPrior to 1846 the area now covered by the park was known as Battersea fields, a popular spot for duelling. On 21 March 1829, the Duke of Wellington and the Earl of Winchilsea met on Battersea fields to settle a matter of honour. When it came time to fire, the Duke aimed his duelling pistol wide and Winchilsea fired his into the air. Winchilsea later wrote the Duke a groveling apology.Separated from the river by a narrow raised causeway, the fields consisted of low, fertile marshes intersected by streams and ditches with the chief crops being carrots, melons, lavender (all the way up to Lavender Hill) and the famous ‘Battersea Bunches’ of asparagus.Running along the riverside from the fields were industrial concerns and wharves, including a pottery, copper works, lime kiln, chemical works, and, increasingly, railways. The site of Battersea Power Station was partly occupied by the famously bawdy Red House Tavern, patronised by Charles Dickens. Access was via the rickety wooden Battersea Bridge or by ferry from the Chelsea bank.
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  • Great green space in walking distance of many London suburbs,lovely riverside walks and plenty of amenities for all the family to enjoy.  more »
  • For me this park is clearly the most beautiful of London. We walk, but we are also run, and play tennis. We love to spend time especially when it is sunny
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  • We visited the park as was staying across the road at Pestana Chelsea bridge. And oh how beautiful this park is! And so much here. Large open spaces, a children's zoo, boating lake with licenced fishi...  more »
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