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Myatt's Fields Park, south London - chat, photos and more

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by liberty, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. liberty

    liberty Secret Smile

    Anyone know it? Is it a nice park?
     
  2. sonik

    sonik a boBBob

    Yes i used to live next door to it on Calais Street. It's a nice park but a bit sketchy at night, walking back to my flat in the winter was always a bit of a gamble.

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  3. pootle

    pootle little moran

    Yeah, it's ok. On the wrong side of CHL in my opinion though, if you are looking to move there.

    Interesting fact - it's named after the person who introduced rhurbarb to England, who happens to be the great, great, great (or summat) grandfather of a mate of mine.
     
  4. grosun

    grosun wicket tunes

    Yeah, used to live in a house that looked out onto it. Nice park. Peaceful & all.

    As others have said, some of the area round there is a bit sketchy; big estate between loughborough junction station & it, which looks threatening, though I never had any trouble at all, & a slightly edgy stretch of Brixton road to the other side. Not too terrible tho'... no worse than many other areas, & you're nice & close to various forms of transport etc. This is assuming you're thinking of living there... if you're just thinking of going to the park, go for it! 'Tis nice.
     
  5. liberty

    liberty Secret Smile

    The house I'm looking at on Saturday is in McDowall Road..
     
  6. liberty

    liberty Secret Smile

    Thanks for the fact :)

    So you would not move there?
     
  7. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    It's a very quiet oasis compared to much of east Brixton and Camberwell.

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    I think the Park's friends group is part of the Minet Conservation Association - IMO they used to be obsessed to restoring at vast expense it to some imaginary state of Victorian niceness and quietness.

    I think there is now more pressure for usable play facilities as well as Victorian bedding displays, and this is informing the current lottery bid.

    Obviously having an articulate, middle class group interested in your local park pays off...

     
  8. charlie mowbray

    charlie mowbray The Enforcer

    Hmmm, I thoought it was the Romans who introduced rhubarb to England?
     
  9. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

  10. charlie mowbray

    charlie mowbray The Enforcer

    Yes, you're right and it looks as if the stalks weren't eaten before the 1800s, (in Britain at least)although the Romans did give it its name
     
  11. liberty

    liberty Secret Smile

    I was just hoping that it was a nice park to walk the dog nearby :)
     
  12. pootle

    pootle little moran

    Rhurbarb aside ;) no, I don't think I would live round that way (I hope I'm not getting Myatts Field are confused with somewhere else though)

    I'm only 10 mins up the road on the Herne Hill side of CHL, but I've had mates that have lived near Myatts Field, and there seemed to be regular accounts of being broken into, or attempted break ins and countless tales of mindless vandalism (cars being burnt, phoneboxes trashed etc). As mentioned earlier in this thread, Myatts Fields itself is very nice, but is surrounded by some v rough estates, and I've seen many dodgy incidents walking down to Jamm around there.

    I certainly wouldn't go out in the area on my own after dark. And I'm well 'ard. Or something.
     
  13. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    According to the Standard's "mugging map" of London earlier this week, Vassall Ward, which includes Myatts fields, does have an alarmingly high level of street crime, given that it doesn't contain a tube or railway station crime "hotspot".

    A few years ago, I'd have said it was mostly opportunistic mobile phone theft of people walking from Oval tube to catch buses on Brixton Road/Camberwell New Road while waving flash phones. Given the overall drop in street crime in Lambeth, I'm not so sure what's happening at the moment.
     
  14. Ms T

    Ms T Honey-coloured ramparts

    I wouldn't live there, because of the security issue.

    Have you looked on the Herne Hill side, Libs?
     
  15. Dubversion

    Dubversion Gorn Banned

    my friend was beaten to death on Vassall Road - the Myatts end - last year.
     
  16. citydreams

    citydreams on the road again

    Aye, all the cool kids live in SE24 :cool:
     
  17. pootle

    pootle little moran

    Innit ;) :cool:

    I like living in SE24. It's far enough out of Brixton for a nice bit of quiet (I'm getting on and like that sorta thing) but close enough to walk to.

    Nice and handy for Brockwell Park for the dog, an' all, although Ruskin Park is even closer and has it's own charms. The biggest down side about SE24 is lack of decent boozer.
     
  18. citydreams

    citydreams on the road again

    What's wrong with the Cambria Arms?
     
  19. pootle

    pootle little moran

    It's a bit, well, family friendly for my tastes. Lots of kids ramping around, and 3 wheeled buggies a go-go. And people in there who make me a bit cross for no go reason (I suspect this is more to do with me, than the bar though!) AND the Stella is a bit on the rubbish side.

    One day I'm going to be brave and go in "The Hero of Switzerland"!
     
  20. citydreams

    citydreams on the road again

    Why go in when you can hang outside with a can of Tenants and shout at your mates through the window?
     
  21. Ms T

    Ms T Honey-coloured ramparts


    I'm very happy with my bit of SE24 (Poet's Corner), especially now our neighbour had chucked her eldest out and 'da yoot' with their noisy fucking motorbikes have disappeared. It's slap-bang in the middle between Brixton and Herne Hill, with all the benefits of both. Only a hop, skip and jump to Brockwell Park, as well.

    As for pubs, the Albert and the Commercial are both a few minutes away. :cool:
     
  22. pootle

    pootle little moran


    That, is clearly the dream. You make the Hero sound like a truly magical place, and no mistake.
     
  23. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Ahem! Seeing as Mr Rabbie forgot to mention that the pic comes from this site, I'll add the accompanying caption:
     
  24. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    That's, like, Brighton, yes?

    :D
     
  25. poster342002

    poster342002 PROPER leftwing socialist

    Myatts Field had (still has? Haven't been there for years) a strange little round "waiting room" structure with wooden benches in a circular formation arojnd the centre. What was odd about it was that the thing seemed to be always locked closed. :confused:
     
  26. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It was closed when I was there - probably to keep the junkies out, I'd imagine.
     
  27. poster342002

    poster342002 PROPER leftwing socialist

    It was closed way back in the early 80's, too. Pre-junkie infestation years!

    What is that building for, anyway?
     
  28. liberty

    liberty Secret Smile

    So the house in McDowall would be no good.. I'm not into being scared to walk home at night... :(

    Well there are two other houses we are looking at as well on Sat these are in Madron Street SE17 / SE1 estate agent cannot decide and one in Samson Street SE5 or are these bad too :(

    I love Brockwell Park but wanted to be as close to town as possible as I will need to cycle to work in the West
     
  29. liberty

    liberty Secret Smile


    It is sounding pretty bad :(
     
  30. pootle

    pootle little moran

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