It was a lovely sunny day but one with one of those chilly East winds that always makes a nuisance of themselves in May. With coffee and sketchbook I set down to draw. Two Kennington lovelies where
The Bandstand built in 1900, hosted concerts from military bands. An average of 2,600 people attend the performances in 1905. Concerts continued there until 1950. Charlie Chaplin grew up locally and is said to have met his first girlfriend in the park, perhaps enjoying the music with her.
The Slade Fountain installed in1862 this water fountain designed by Charles Henry Driver. Felix Slade donated this after feeling sorry for the local children who, after playing in the gymnasium, had been taking their refreshment from the cab horse trough.
Slade was a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and philanthropist who endowed three Slade Professorships of Fine Art at Oxford University and Cambridge University, and at University College London, here he also endowed scholarships, which formed the beginning of the Slade School of Art (founded 1871) in London
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