This week 60 years ago: Creation of Rosemary Gardens
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The apparent creation of Rosemary Gardens was under way.
The Gazette carried a mysterious report about plans to make an open space out of seven acres of undeveloped land in the “south-east” of the borough.
No specific location details were given. But as a park that opened two years later, in 1960, it would seem we were referring to Rosemary Gardens.
London County Council wanted to create a park because, with the exception of Shoreditch, Islington had the least open space of all London boroughs – something that rings true to this day.
A London County Council parks committee report said: “The vacant site, which has from time to time been used for purposes offensive to residents in the vicinity, is within the area of the ultimate open space.
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“If acquired now, it would allow an entrance from a major street on the west to be provided when the first stage of the open space is laid out.”
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