Author(s): Paul Rabbitts
London's royal parks are amongst its most beautiful and beloved spaces: just as much as the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Victoria Station, the mere mention of Hyde or Regent's Park is enough to evoke the capital in all its glory for residents and tourists alike. They have a grand history - some having been royally-owned as far back as the Norman conquest, and others having been acquired by Henry VIII during the Reformation - and since being opened to the public during the eighteenth century have hosted some of London's great events, including the Great Exhibition and innumerable jubilees and celebrations. This book tells the story of all nine of the parks from the point when they were acquired by the monarchy until the present day, including the major historic moments and events with which they are associated.
Paul Rabbitts is a chartered landscape architect with over twenty years' experience in parks restoration, design and their history and evolution. He has degrees in Geography and landscape architecture, and has studied the history of lead mining in the Yorkshire Dales as well as the history of parks in Carlisle.
Introduction / St James's Park / Green Park / Hyde Park / Kensington Gardens / Regent's Park / Greewich Park / Richmond Park / Bushy Park / Windsor Great Park / The Royal Parks Today / Further Reading / Places to Visit / Index