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Brief description of site

Battersea Park is a mid-19th century public park, much developed in the 20th century and recently restored.

Brief history of site

Preliminary plans were drawn up in 1845, but the main development took place after 1854. The park was formally opened by Queen Victoria in 1858.In 1889 management of the park became the responsibility of the newly formed London County Council, who concentrated more on sporting amenities than horticultural displays. Allotments were laid out in the park during World Wars 1 and 2. Fifteen hectares of the park were requisitioned for use as the Festival Gardens in the Festival of Britain in 1951. A new management plan for the park was completed in 1987 and updated in 1995, following which restoration was undertaken with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Location information:

Address: Battersea Park, Queenstown Road, Battersea, SW11 4NJ

Locality: Battersea

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Wandsworth

Historical County: Surrey

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 176 Grid Ref: TQ277770
Latitude: 51.4776 Longitude: -0.162558


The park can be reached by tube, bus or train. Details are available at:

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is a municipal park for general public use. Gates are open from 8am until dusk.

Key information:

Form of site: public park

Purpose of site: public park

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 1854 to 1858

Main period of development: Mid 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 80

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