Regents Park: From Tudor hunting ground to the present
The author of this book, Paul Rabbitts, started out with the intention of writing a book about London’s parks in general, but was seduced by the history of Regent’s Park, and decided to make it the sole focus of his book.
He ranges from the park’s origins as a tiny part of the MIddlesex forest, through the dissolution of the monasteries, when it became Henry VIII’s hunting ground. All this was well before the activities of John Nash, the only person to have imposed any kind of logical plan on London when he set out to remake the West End.
Today Regent’s Park receives more than 9 million visitors a year, The Dickensian days of ‘ruffianism’ and casual drownings are well behind it, and Rabbitts brings the story up to the present – and the future.
The book is published by Amberley Publishing, and costs £20.00.