This book tells the history of London’s royal parks and how they have evolved from private hunting grounds and gardens into public spaces and venues for great events. In some cases, the parks were royally owned as long ago as the Norman conquest, and several of them were acquired by Henry VIII during the Reformation. At this time they were kept private and there was no public access, but during the eighteenth century most of the parks were opened to the public. Landscaping work was undertaken to keep up with trends, and the parks became fashionable places to be seen out and about - witness Rotten Row in Hyde Park. The parks, Hyde Park in particular, has been used to host major events such as the Great Exhibition and various jubilee and entertainment events. It tells the story of each of the nine royal parks from their acquisition by the monarchy through to the present day, outlining their use and management and the major historical moments associated with them.
Table of Contents
Introduction St James's Park: A Park of Great Majesty Green Park: A Park of Simple Beauty Hyde Park: A Park of the People Kensington Gardens: A Royal Park with a Royal Palace Regent's Park: A Royal Partnership Greewich Park: Birthplace of the Tudors Bushy Park: A Royal Sleeping Beauty Richmond Park: A Medieval Royal Pasture Further Reading Places to Visit Index