|OUT WALKING WITH ROSIE THE PUPPY|
What a springtime delight!
Close to the Oval cricket ground this lovely piece of ground lies between Kennington Park Road and St. Agnes Place. It was opened in 1854 on the site of what had been Kennington Common. It was here where the Chartists gathered for their biggest ‘monster rally’ on 10 April 1848. Soon after this demonstration the common was enclosed and, sponsored by the royal family, made into a public park.
When it was common it was site of public executions until 1800, as well as being an area for public speaking. Among the most illustrious orators to speak here were Methodist founders George Whitefield and John Wesley. The latter was reputed to have attracted a crowd of 30,000.
In the springtime, even on a dull day, the park is full of walkers, workers-out, joggers and people like my daughter Bron and I who are accompanied by their dogs, we are in the company always of Rosie the Puppy.
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