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Hyde Park near Grosvenor Gate - T.S. Boyle - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W


Hyde Park near Grosvenor Gate - T.S. Boyle - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W

Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in London, and one of the Royal Parks of London.

Hyde Park was created in 1536 by Henry Vlll for hunting. He acquired the manor of Hyde from the canons of Westminster Abbey, who had held it since before the Norman Conquest; it was enclosed as a deer park and remained a private hunting ground until James I permitted limited access to gentlefolk, appointing a ranger to take charge. Charles I created the Ring, and in 1637 he opened the park to the general public.

In 1689, when William III moved his residence to Kensington Palace on the far side of Hyde Park, he had a drive laid out across its south edge, formerly known as "The King's Private Road", which still exists as a wide straight gravelled carriage track. The drive is now known as Rotten Row.

The first coherent landscaping was undertaken by Charles Bridgeman for Queen Caroline; under the supervision of Charles Withers, the Surveyor-General of Woods and Forests. It was completed in 1733 at a cost to the public purse of £20,000.

One of the most important events to take place in the park was the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Another significant event held in Hyde Park was the first Victoria Cross investiture, on 26 June 1857, when 62 men were decorated by Queen Victoria

Hyde Park covers 350 acres and Kensington Gardens covers 275 acres, giving an overall area of 625 acres, making the combined area larger than the Principality of Monaco (480 acres), though smaller than the Bois de Boulogne (2090 acres), Central Park (840 acres), and Phoenix Park (1,750 acres).

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