Park life

East v West and something in the middle

Walking through London Fields on the weekend, I noticed a sign saying the park is open 24 hours. It started me comparing the parks in East London, with the parks I remember from West London.

West

  • Subscribers only
  • No entry without the key
  • No ball games
  • No bicycles
  • No children
  • No fat people
  • No uglies
  • No walking on the grass
  • No picnics on the paths
  • No fun!
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Kensington, London (Photo by Bruno Martins on Unsplash)

East

  • No roaming gangs of police officers looking for people to be offended by
  • No signs saying “No.”
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London Fields, not far from Our Albion, on a Summer weekend. (Photo by Robert Bye on Unsplash)

The magic middle: Coram’s fields

Coram’s fields, in the middle of London, near London University, is a seven acre playground for children living in or visiting London. It is on the grounds of the Foundling Hospital established by Captain Thomas Coram in 1739, after he was horrified to see a baby abandoned on a rubbish heap. The park is dedicated to children, and its sign is one of the most delightful things about London. I hear the nearby Foundling Museum is also worth a visit.

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Coram’s Fields (Photo by Coram’s Fields)

Copyright © Damian Clarke, 2020. First posted on the Our Albion blog, June 4th, 2007 under London life, East Vs West.

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