Myatt's Fields Park
|Myatt's Fields Park|
Myatt's Fields Park in winter
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The majority of the area of Myatt's Fields belonged to the estate of Sir Hughes Minet, who in 1770 bought 118 acres of land from Sir Edward Knatchbull on the border of Lambeth. Minet was a third generation descendant of Isaac Minet, a French Huguenot refugee who fled France following the 1695 Edict of Nantes. The names of some of the streets around the park, such as Calais Street and Cormont Road, refer to Minet's French connection.
In 1889, Isaac Minet's descendant William Minet gave 14½ acres of land to the London County Council as a public park. The Metropolitan Public Gardens Association then spent some £10,000 on the layout of the park, it was opened on April 13, 1889. Miss Susan Minet gave a further quarter of an acre of land near the junction of Knatchbull Road and Calais Street to the park. According to British History, 'The name Myatt's Fields commemorates Joseph Myatt, a former tenant who had been famous for the rhubarb which he grew there.'
The park was designed by Fanny Wilkinson, Britain's first professional woman landscape gardener, and was first opened to the public in May 1889. It is named after Joseph Myatt, a tenant market gardener, who grew strawberries and rhubarb on the land in the 19th century. The Park's mulberry tree may date from the land's previous use as a market garden.
The Park includes a bandstand, summerhouse, and café. It is also home to tennis courts, a football pitch, basketball court, picnic area, a children's playground and a community greenhouse.
- "Extended History". Myatt's Fields Park. Retrieved 2017-02-19.
- "Myatt's Fields, Denmark Hill and Herne Hill: Introduction and Myatt's Fields area | British History Online". www.british-history.ac.uk. Retrieved 2017-02-21.