TQ3579 : The lake in Southwark Park

taken 7 years ago, near to Bermondsey, Southwark, Great Britain

The lake in Southwark Park
The lake in Southwark Park
Southwark Park was opened to the public on 19th June 1869. Its design was based on an original map produced by the Superintendent Architect Mr Vulliamy, and Alexander Mckenzie. The original intention was for part of the park to be used as building plots but the Vestry of Bermondsey opposed this. By 1883 the Rotherhithe Vestry was calling upon the Metropolitan Board of Works for the provision of an ornamental lake. On 18th August 1885 a lake filling ceremony was held and on the following Saturday notice was given that a pair of swans "graciously provided" by Queen Victoria, along with other donated waterfowl would be placed upon the water. Crowds lined the lake to witness this royal gift. However, the Royal Swan Keeper was ill so the event happened rather more quietly a few days later when Joe and Jenny, as the swans were subsequently called, took up residence on the lake. The lake was extended in 1908, downsized in the 1930s, 1970s and 1980s, but by 2002 had been restored to its original 1908 size.
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Date Taken
Friday, 14 October, 2011   (more nearby)
Sunday, 16 October, 2011
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens  Lakes, Wetland, Bog 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3512 7905 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:29.6552N 0:3.2996W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3505 7909
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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