Location:Woodlawns Centre, 16 Leigham Court Rd, London SW16 2PJ
This event is in the past.
Brian Bloice from the Streatham Society will talk about the origins of the present parks and gardens we now enjoy in London.
Early inhabitants of the crowded, airless and smelly City would cross over the river by bridge or by boat to the green fields of the Southbank of the Thames, and further south to those of Surrey. Here they would promenade and visit the pleasure grounds established in the area.
Beginning in the Medieval period Mr Bloice will show how South London was a pleasure ground for watching many forms of entertainment including the baiting pits which evolved into the early open air theatres of the Elizabethan period. Other establishments, which flourished in the 18th century, offered musical events and it was here that the origin of the medicinal wells could be found. The latter part of the talk will focus more on Lambeth and Streatham.