Gunnersbury Park and Museum, London

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#73 of 100 in Parks in London
Gunnersbury Park is a park between Acton, Brentford, Chiswick and Ealing, West London, England. Purchased for the nation from the Rothschild family, it was opened to the public by Neville Chamberlain, then Minister of Health, on 21 May 1926. The park is currently jointly managed by Ealing and Hounslow borough councils.HistoryPrivate useThe name Gunnersbury derives from Gunylda, the niece of King Canute who lived there until her banishment from England in 1044. The manor, owned by the Bishop of London, was occupied by the Frowyk family in the 15th century; Sir Thomas Frowyk, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas was born there in 1460. In the mid-17th century, Gunnersbury was acquired by Sir John Maynard, a lawyer and politician during the time of Cromwell. It was he who built Gunnersbury House, a Palladian mansion modelled on the Villa Badoer, and designed by John Webb, the pupil and son-in-law of Inigo Jones. A map of Ealing dated 1777, shows the house in the north-east corner of the park, facing a horseshoe-shaped lake.
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  • June 12, 2017
    We visited with our daughter's family on a lovely sunny afternoon. This is a huge park with a significant history. However, with £21 million going into the first phase of a 15 year programme to improv...  more »
  • April 23, 2017
    The house and grounds are undergoing/about to undergo major renovations so it's far from looking like it should. It's still a pleasure to stroll around however and the bluebells/whitebells are display...  more »
  • February 18, 2016
    This place has so much potential. Good to see that councils finally spending money to improve - kids playground is much better. The pitch & put is a great attraction in the summer - nice long holes an...  more »
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  • Not bad, could do a bit better
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  • A place to go Sunday, but not many things to be seen, need greater care facilities, the Museum has plenty of time in service and now you can not visit, Lake also requires maintenance.
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