Festival of Britain - Battersea Park, London, UK
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Quick Description: This green plaque, erected by Wandsworth Council, remembers the Festival of Britain in 1951 with this location being the site of the Festival's Pleasure Gardens.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 10/21/2014 11:40:05 AM
Waymark Code: WMMPRF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12
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Long Description:

The Wandsworth Council green plaque tells us:

Wandsworth Council

Festival of Britain
3rd May - 3rd November 1951
Site of the Festival
Pleasure Gardens

Wikipedia has an article about the Festival of Britain that contains the following about the Pleasure Gardens:

The Festival Pleasure Gardens were created as the lighter side of the Festival of Britain. They were put up in Battersea Park, a few miles from the South Bank Exhibition. They included:

  • an amusement park which would eventually outlast all the other entertainments and later become 'Battersea Fun Fair', only closing in the mid 1970s.
  • a miniature railway designed by Rowland Emett which ran for 500 yards along the south of the gardens with a station near the south east entrance and another (with snack bar at the western end of the line;
  • "a 'West End' Restaurant with a terrace overlooking the river and facing Cheyne Walk;
  • 'Foaming Fountains' (which have recently been restored);
  • a wine garden surrounded by miniature pavilions;
  • a wet weather pavilion with a stage facing two ways so that performances could be done in the open air, with murals by the film set designer Ferdinand Bellan;
  • an amphitheatre seating 1,250 people, featuring the music hall star Lupino Lane and his company on its opening, and later used as a circus.

Most of the buildings and pavilions on the site were designed by John Piper." There was also a "Guinness Festival Clock" The Pleasure Gardens received as many visitors as the South Bank Festival. They were managed by a specially-formed private company financed by loans from the Festival Office and the London County Council. As they failed to cover their costs, it was decided to keep them open after the rest of the Festival closed.

Blue Plaque managing agency: Wandsworth Council

Individual Recognized: Festival of Britain

Physical Address:
Battersea Park
London, United Kingdom

Web Address: [Web Link]

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