Victoria Tower Gardens

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Coordinates: 51°29′49.0″N 0°7′30.0″W / 51.496944°N 0.125000°W / 51.496944; -0.125000

Victoria Tower Gardens, 2011, with the Buxton Memorial Fountain and the Palace of Westminster in the background

Victoria Tower Gardens is a public park along the north bank of the River Thames in London. As its name suggests, it is adjacent to the Victoria Tower, the south-western corner of the Palace of Westminster. The park, which extends southwards from the Palace to Lambeth Bridge, sandwiched between Millbank and the river, also forms part of the Thames Embankment.

Features[edit]

The park features:

Transport[edit]

The nearest London Underground stations are Westminster and Pimlico.

History[edit]

The Gardens were created during the 1870s by Joseph Bazalgette, and was part of a project for the Metropolitan Board of Works to provide London with a modern sewerage system.[citation needed]

The gardens were later expanded. This expansion was discussed in parliament in 1898 in the 'Victoria Embankment extension and St John's improvement bill'.[1] A number of wharves were compulsorily purchased, including Dorset Wharf (shown on 1885 map)[2] which was purchased from George Taverner Miller, son of Taverner John Miller, from where he ran a 'Sperm Oil Merchants and Spermaceti refining' business. The effects from this business and others were sold in 1905.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "VICTORIA EMBANKMENT EXTENSION AND ST. JOHN'S IMPROVEMENT BILL". Hansard Millbank. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  2. ^ "Corporation of London". The National Archive. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  3. ^ "Westminster changes in 1905" (PDF). Oxford Journals. Retrieved 27-12-30.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)