Myatt's Fields Park

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Myatt's Fields Park
Myatt's Fields Park in winter.jpg
Myatt's Fields Park in winter
Myatt's Fields Park is located in Greater London
Myatt's Fields Park
Location within central London
Type Public park
Location London, England
Coordinates 51°28′24″N 0°06′12″W / 51.473333°N 0.103333°W / 51.473333; -0.103333Coordinates: 51°28′24″N 0°06′12″W / 51.473333°N 0.103333°W / 51.473333; -0.103333
Status Open year round

Myatt's Fields Park is a 14-acre Victorian park in Camberwell in the London Borough of Lambeth in South London, England, 2.9 miles south-east of Charing Cross.


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.[1]

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.'[2]

The park was designed by Fanny Wilkinson, Britain's first professional woman landscape gardener,[3] and was first opened to the public in May 1889.[4] 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.[5]

Minet estate in 1841
Minet estate in 1885

The Park was once described by former Poet Laureate John Betjeman as a "strangely beautiful place."[6]


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.

In 2015, Myatt's Field was voted the 9th best park in the UK in a public vote organised by the Green Flag Award.[7]


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