Regent's Park & Primrose Hill in Literature and Music - Introduction
Regent's Park was originally part of Middlesex Forest.
Henry VIII enclosed it to make a game reserve, which he called Marylebone
Park. After the Civil War it lost its trees and was turned into farmland.
Then, as London
Primrose Hill too was once part of Middlesex Forest. Henry VI gave it to Eton College, which he had just founded; they let it out as meadowland. In 1842 it was returned to the Crown; the parish council fought off an attempt to turn it into a public cemetery, and it became instead a public park.
Pre-1900 texts are noted on the lists of Authors and Musicians.
Primrose Hill texts are indicated by a 'P'. This is the list to date,
and I'm still finding new ones. (If you're curious as to how the list
got started, see the Tour page.) Suggestions for
new entries are welcome, as are your comments. You can contact me, John
Black, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help defend Regent's Park!
The competing pressures on this wonderful asset are multiplying, and increasingly difficult to reconcile. Developers and traffic are continually threatening parts of the Park which, if lost, are gone for ever.
If you want to defend its beauty and tranquillity against potential threats and depredations, you can do so more effectively by joining The Friends of Regent's Park and Primrose Hill. The email address is email@example.com, and you can keep up to date with developments, good and bad, at www.friendsofregentspark.org.
I should add that the Friends have no connection with
this website and no responsibility for its contents. The opinions expressed
are entirely my own.
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