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Hyde Park is the largest green space in central London at just over 350 acres. It is now famous for the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, and other things associated with Princess Diana. However its history is immense as it is known to go back before the Norman invasion in 1066. King Henry VIII then got the land off the canons of Westminster Abbey in 1536 and kept it as a deer park and hunting ground for himself. King Charles I in 1637 finally opened it to the public. It also hosted the Great Exhibition in 1851 in the infamous Crystal Palace. This was then moved to Sydenham Hill in southeast London; and the area became known as Crystal Palace. The Crystal Palace burnt down on November 30th, 1936 Please come with me on a walk around one of London's Great Royal Parks.
Apr 14, 2011 9:05 PM CST
|My lasting memory of Hyde Park a number of years back is of Speakers Corner, something that I wanted to see after being a constant visitor to the Domain in Sydney. In Sydney it was the days of John Webster who had also made his mark on Speakers Corner in Hyde Park. Don't know whether any of that still exists these days (to the same extent) in either place but for me as a 'young impressionable' it was great entertainment and thought provoking.|
Apr 15, 2011 6:30 AM CST
|Dear Zig, Speakers Corner is exactly the same as it ever was. It has not changed a bit, just the people who make a noise there have.|
Regards from England.
Apr 15, 2011 11:14 PM CST
|Neil, John Webster died only a couple of years back, in Tasmania. I was wondering whether anyone of his calibre may have come forward. I'm a long way from the Domain (much further from Hyde Park) so I don't get the chance to see how it is there these days. Webster was an extraordinary character, in all senses of the word.|
Apr 15, 2011 11:24 PM CST
|Dear Zig, I tend to keep out of the way of it at all times if possible! You have the Religious lot one side and just lately the ultra Right Wing speakers the other. which normally ends up in a punch up of some sort with some of the crowd. So therefore it is best to steer clear.|