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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Myatt's Fields


Myatt's Park is now a heritage site so will be enjoyed by future generations, thanks to the efforts of the local residents and the Minet family.  The Minet family were among the Huguenots who fled France in the 17th century.  A century later Hugh Minet purchased the estate that this park was a tiny part of.  Another century on his descendant James Minet who was very philanthropic gifted this land from the estate to create a public park.  It was named after Joseph Myatt a tenant market gardener who grew cabbages, rhubarb and strawberries here in the 19th century.

10 comments:

Bill Nicholls said...

That is so great nameing the park after a person who lived and worked the place and not after yourself.

Andy said...

Gazebos make for good photos. I like the dome on this one

Adullamite said...

Be nice in summer that.

llandudnopictures said...

Very picturesque, interesting bit of history too.

Sharon said...

It's a beautiful park. I'm so impressed by all the beautiful parks in the London area. When I went up to Highgate Cemetery I discovered another beautiful park on the way there called Waterlow Park.

John said...

I remember the Victorian bandstands from my time as a boy in Sheffield. All the parks had them and most weekends there would be brass bands playing in them. But that was a fair few decades ago.

Judy said...

It's nice to have spots like this in the big city.

William Kendall said...

Nicely composed, and a gazebo is always something that catches my eye.

LONDONLULU said...

Very sweet little marker and Huguenot legacy (speaking of which, Winston Churchill's maternal line is also descended from Huguenots who fled to America:)

Jack said...

We all owe gratitude to philanthropists who make fine donations of one kind or another to benefit the public. Love the gazebo.

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