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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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  • It was brilliant their a lot for kids to do and I like wear gates are always closed and toddler area so good my big kids loved the adventure park so much to do their  more »
  • Great park with lots to do, not one that jumps to mind when in London but if you are near it is well worth a visit.  more »
  • A very nice park for a stroll or a picnic on a nice day! We spotted plenty of people on bikes and with dogs or doing yoga or sports. A good place to enjoy the fresh air!  more »

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