Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Gunnersbury Park tour

Melissa went for a walk through Gunnersbury Park which is just across the road from our Flat. The park is massive and can accomodate thirty-six football fields in the winter.

There is a boating and fishing pond, overlooked by a temple folly dating from 1760 – the only eighteenth century building still standing in the park. Opposite this is a large Pitch and Putt next to some tennis-courts. There is an Orangery built in 1836 and the remains of a Gothic fantasy disguising the old stables.

Some of our photos are of the bathhouse, a “battlemented Gothic building” still visible in the park near the eastern end of the small mansion. Apparently the visible building is 19th century, although the 18th century foundations of the original bathhouse have been identified under the floor.

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