Wanstead Park

Since the time of Henry VIII, a grand manor house stood at the heart of the Wanstead Park eastate. Unfortunately, in 1812 the widowed owner of the estate re-married to the nephew of the Duke of Wellington who prompty squandered her fortune on his extravagant lifestyle. The house and grounds were sold off to repay his debts.

Today, all that remain are the decaying remnants of the formal gardens, dating from the early eighteenth century. These gardens include a series of artificial ponds, the most interesting of which are are the ornamental waters which are maintained as a nature reserve.

At the other end of the pond network is a reservoir pond in which early-morning [swimming]? is permitted, but is frankly only for the brave.

Having been a decadent English estate, naturally Wanstead Park has its share of [follies]?, including a ruined grotto boat-house and a mock-classical Temple.

During the summer, there is sometimes live music performed by local musicians.

The park is Grade II listed and managed by the Corporation of London.

Part of the park has been converted into [Wanstead Golf Course]? is now private property.

OS X co-ord: 541250     OS Y co-ord: 187250     (Latitude: 51.565934 Longitude: 0.038164)
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