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10 Facts About Battersea Park
Battersea Park occupies marshland reclaimed from the Thames and land formerly used for market gardens.
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The Commission for Improving the Metropolis acquired 320 acres of Battersea fields, of which 198 acres became Battersea Park, opened in 1858, and the remainder was let on building leases.
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Battersea Park was laid out by Sir James Pennethorne between 1846 and 1864, although the park which was opened in 1858 varied somewhat from Pennethorne's vision.
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Battersea Park hosted the first exhibition football game played under the rules of the recently formed Football Association on 9 January 1864.
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Battersea Park'slters were dug, part of the park was turned over to allotments for much needed vegetables and a pig farm was set up.
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Battersea Park is home to a small children's zoo, a boating lake, a bandstand, and all-weather outdoor sporting facilities including tennis courts, a running track and football pitches.
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