22 November 2016

19th-21 Aug 1947: penny telescope in Richmond Park

19 Tues. Not quite so warm as yesterday but very fine and sunny with a boisterous wind. Bought a new battery for my rear light. Bought fish, a birthday card and saccharin locally. Went with Leonard Conley through Richmond Park: showed him the famous view and examined the scenery through the telescope on the promenade. By putting a penny in a slot the telescope becomes operative. To water dear Mother’s grave in evening. Gwennie & Laurie called looking very dirty: they had been to Oxshott with their father & mother and are going to Littlehampton tomorrow.

20 Wed. Rather warm, the sunshine was gentle as it shone through haze or light cloud, but a lovely day. Got the groceries locally also fish. In afternoon, once again to Epsom Common, made a very fast run back.

21 Thur. Only moderately warm as the boisterous wind blew coolly: only a little hazy sunshine. A little shopping locally. The three children called but as soon as they got here the two boys started quarrelling and fighting so I sent them screaming home. Gwennie was charming. She also called in evening and was lovely. They went to the children’s boating pool at Ravensbury Gardens* and she told me all about it.

Path through Nature Reserve area of Ravensbury Park

 From Wikipedia: Ravensbury Park is a public park in Mitcham in the London Borough of Merton. An area of 7 hectares is designated a Local Nature Reserve.[1][2] The River Wandle runs along the southern boundary of the park, which is also part of the Upper Wandle River Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation.[3][4]

The park was part of the medieval Ravensbury Manor, which dated back to the thirteenth century. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the site was the location of a calico mill and pleasure gardens. In 1929 MitchamMerton and Morden Councils purchased part of the former gardens and opened the site as Ravensbury Park on 10 May 1930. Some of the trees date back two hundred years.[5] Part of the park was later converted to a nature reserve, including a riverside walk along the Wandle. It has a range of wetland birds, extensive woodland and a mixture of wildlife habitats.[1]
There is access from Morden Road, Bishopsford Road and Wandle Road.[1]

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