Bishops Park

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Coordinates: 51°28′14″N 0°12′58″W / 51.47056°N 0.21611°W / 51.47056; -0.21611

Embankment walkway, Bishops Park

Bishops Park is a park in Fulham, south-west London. The park was opened by the London County Council in 1893, on land given by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. It is listed Grade II on the register of parks and gardens of special historic interest maintained by English Heritage.

The park runs north of the River Thames from All Saints church by a broad tree-lined avenue, and an embankment path along the river, and ends at Bishop’s Park Road. It contains tennis courts and bowling greens, with another small park area fronting Fulham Palace Road. It is adjacent to Fulham Palace, and Fulham Football club.

A memorial to members of the International Brigade who volunteered to fight in the Spanish Civil War is located within the park's grounds.

History[edit]

The park was formally opened by Sir John Hutton, chairman of the LCC, in 1893. The park included land known as Bishop's Walk, Bishop's Meadow and West Meadow, formerly owned by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, as Lords of the Manor of Fulham. It was given to the Fulham District Board of Works on condition that the land was laid out and maintained for public recreation. The meadows had already been protected from flooding by the creation of an embankment. The river wall was built between 1889 and 1893 by Joseph Mears, the father of Chelsea F.C. founders, Joseph and Gus Mears.

The park was extended in 1894 prior to opening in 1900, by the inclusion of Pryors Bank and its gardens. Although the house (then called Vine Cottage) was demolished in 1897, the old gardens were preserved. The gardens contain stone figures depicting 'Adoration', 'Protection', 'Grief' and 'Leda', presented by the sculptor J. Wedgwood. A further sculpture, 'Affection', a mother and child by Herman Cawthorn was added in 1963.[1]

After a successful lottery funding bid in February 2011, the park underwent a major restoration project with almost the entire site being altered and modernized.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Source: Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

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