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Hyde Park By Paul Rabbitts

Hyde Park by Paul Rabbitts

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The story of London's favourite Royal Park and neighbouring Kensington Gardens, beautifully illustrated with paintings, prints, postcards and modern photographs.

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Hyde Park: The People's Park by Paul Rabbitts

Hyde Park is a London favourite. You can walk, lie in the grass, play games, take exercise and engage in sport. It has been a venue for mass celebrations since VE Day and for public events including Proms in the Park, the Olympics and countless music festivals. There is a truly fascinating history behind the park we know today and the neighbouring Kensington Gardens. On 1 July 1536, Henry VIII compelled the Convent of Westminster to hand over land that he then enclosed for hunting purposes - and so Hyde Park began. However, it was not until the reign of Charles I that the people of London were allowed access to the park. Sold by Parliament in 1652; beset by highwaymen when the village of Kensington became home to much of the aristocracy; partially appropriated by George II to make Kensington Gardens - Hyde Park has a dramatic past. It was, however, the Great Exhibition that was to have the greatest impact on its history. The world came to Hyde Park, with as many as 100,000 visitors occupying the exhibition at a time. It became London's central attraction and remains the city's greatest open space. It is truly the people's park and, without a doubt, one of the greatest places to visit in London.

About Paul Rabbitts

Paul Rabbitts is a chartered landscape architect and Head of Parks at Watford Borough Council and is the author of over 20 books, ranging from the history of public parks, the royal parks, to the iconic Victorian bandstand and has also written a number of books on architecture in Amberley Publishing's 'In 50 Buildings' series focusing on towns and cities across Britain. He is a Fellow of the Landscape Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Hyde Park: The People's Park by Paul Rabbitts
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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