Cuper's Gardens

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Coordinates: 51°30′19″N 0°6′50″W / 51.50528°N 0.11389°W / 51.50528; -0.11389

Cuper's Gardens were 17–18th century pleasure gardens (aka a tea garden[1]) on the south side of the River Thames in Lambeth, London, looking over to Somerset House near where Waterloo Bridge is located (centered on what is now the north end of Waterloo Road).

In 1643, Thomas Howard, 21st Earl of Arundel bought three acres of land which he leased to his gardener Abraham Boydell Cuper.[2] The gardens opened in the 1680s and were named after the original proprietor. They were also known as Cupid's Gardens. In 1686, seven acres of adjoining land was bought from the Archbishop of Canterbury, William Sancroft, and added to the gardens. A long landing stage in the river known as Cuper's Bridge acted as a popular entrance for the gardens.

In 1736, an orchestra was included among the attractions. It also became known for its firework displays. However, it lost its license in 1753 due to the loose morals of its visitors.

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  1. ^ London's Lost Tea-Gardens.
  2. ^ Weinreb, Ben; Hibbert, Christopher (1983). "Cuper's Gardens". The London Encyclopædia. Macmillan. p. 217. 

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