Artillery Garden (also known as Finsbury Fields, Honourable Artillery Company Grounds)9178

Greater London, England, Greater London

Brief Description

The site is now used for rugby, hockey and football in winter, cricket in summer and also hired out for events. Trees of various species were planted around the perimeter of the sports ground in 1996, as part of the Millennium celebrations.


Finsbury Fields was a large area of open ground, which had been used since medieval times for the practice of archery. It was enclosed in the C17th when the precursor of the Honourable Artillery Company moved to Finsbury in 1641 and it became the Artillery Garden or Artillery Ground. A map of 1677 shows it marked as 'New Artillery Garden'. Since at least 1725 it was used for a cricket pitch, and in September 1784 it was the site of the launch of Vincenzo Lunardi's first manned balloon flight in Britain.

Access & Directions


Rail/Tube: Old Street (Northern); Moorgate (Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City). Bus: 76, 141, 214. 271.


  • London Parks and Gardens Trust