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

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

  1. pootle

    pootle little moran


    I'm probably about a ten minute walk from Brockwell Park in my bit of SE24, and I used to cycle to Mortimer Street, behind Oxford Circus, and it took me about 25 minutes top each day, so I don't reckon it'd make that much difference to your commute.

    In fact, I reckon you be better avoiding Camberwell when cycling. In most of Camberwell, you have to share the cycle lanes with buses on narrow roads. And of course, on the days when you can't or won't cycle getting a bus through Camberwell can be a slightly testing experience.
     
  2. citydreams

    citydreams on the road again

    I'm probably about a ten minute walk from Brockwell Park in my bit of SE24, and I used to cycle to Mortimer Street, behind Oxford Circus, and it took me about 25 minutes top each day, so I don't reckon it'd make that much difference to your commute.

    In fact, I reckon you be better avoiding Camberwell when cycling. In most of Camberwell, you have to share the cycle lanes with buses on narrow roads. And of course, on the days when you can't or won't cycle getting a bus through Camberwell can be a slightly testing experience.
     
  3. liberty

    liberty Secret Smile

    You both did exactly the same route????? :confused: :D
     
  4. liberty

    liberty Secret Smile

    I will need to cycle to Paddington
     
  5. lang rabbie

    lang rabbie Je ne regrette les gazebos

    Life's too short to hyperlink every photo :D - now fixed!

    I also forgot to add that Urban 75 once again tops the Google rankings when searching for Myatts Fields Park [/massaging editorial ego]
     
  6. citydreams

    citydreams on the road again

    Ask Pootle, she started it!
     
  7. liberty

    liberty Secret Smile

    :confused:
     
  8. pootle

    pootle little moran

    Oooh....that's wierd. Somehow I managed to post as citydreams!

    And I totally misread Liberty's post as West End rather than the West. C'huh!

    Having said that, the first time I cycled in London was from Paddington to SE24, so I'm well up on which way NOT to go. You'd be amazed how steep Lambeth Bridge is for example!
     
  9. citydreams

    citydreams on the road again

    :( I was just abusing Pootle for double posting and for living on the wrong side of Herne Hill Road.
     
  10. gaijingirl

    gaijingirl Well-Known Member


    Liberty, I used to cycle-commute from Acre Lane (Brixton) to Chiswick (45 mins). Then from St Matthew's Road to Chiswick (50 mins) and then from Brockwell Park to the City (30 mins). Frankly, if it's Paddington you're going to then you'll probably save time by being further west (than Camberwell) and travelling via either Clapham and Battersea or Vauxhall to get to Paddington. Either way the difference would be so little as to be negligible.. :)
     
  11. liberty

    liberty Secret Smile


    Thanks for that... I am spoilt now that I just cycle from London Feilds to Clerkenwell 15-20 minutes anything more seems like a long way
     
  12. prunus

    prunus Gone

    Now now, envy is such an unpleasant emotion.

    You are more than welcome to visit SE24 anytime you like.

    Do close the gate on leaving though.
     
  13. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Sorry. Sleepy suburbs ain't my thing.
     
  14. Mr Retro

    Mr Retro TwentyFourThousand

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  15. potential

    potential Well-Known Member

    myatt's field is where john major used to live !!!
     
  16. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Seeing as they recently tore down all the hedges outside my block of flats because of junkies and completely flattened a pleasant walled garden in the nearby Loughborough Park for the same reason it's hardly 'Daily Mail' to suppose that's why the building in Myatt's Field Park is currently closed.
     
  17. poster342002

    poster342002 PROPER leftwing socialist

    Whilst the current reasoning behind the hut's closure may well be to do with keeping junkies out, I am indeed curious as to why it always seems to have been closed for as long as I've ever known (at least since the early 80's). :confused: If nobody can use it, why have they kept it at all? Is it maybe a listed structure or something?
     
  18. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Doesn't really look notable enough to be listed, does it?

    Maybe it closed because they didn't have the resources to look after it and kept it that way because of junkies?

    I think I've got a picture of it somewhere....
     
  19. nino_savatte

    nino_savatte No pasaran!

    Same here. In fact one branch of the family owns this place.
    http://www.myatt.co.uk/
     
  20. liberty

    liberty Secret Smile

    Well I'm going to have a look around the area tomorrow and see if it's as bad as you lot make out :D
     
  21. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  22. boohoo

    boohoo Part-time Cat

    Very nice little park that! Have you come across Durand Gardens (falling in the direction of Stockwell)? It's an interesting bit of wild greenery in the stockwell area. As far as I understand only the residents have access to it. And it's in the area were Van Gogh lived.
     
  23. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    Lovely park, has some great trees in it which are described in one of the Brixton Society's walks.
    Highlight of the year in 2006 was a combined festival in late October celebrating Diwali, Halloween, Eid, fireworks night, Channukah and the Day of the Dead. It was organised by the arts organisation Moti Roti and creative production company Home. Loads of fire juggling, kids lantern processions, odd (in a good way) light and sculpture installations etc.
     
  24. sonik

    sonik a boBBob

    Lived right next door to this park for 4 years, so close in fact we used to eat our breakfast in it in the summer :)
     
  25. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    I think this is now an annual thing - festival of light i think they called it?

    Tis great if you are under 13 - particularly fun looked like chasing round all the other kids in the dark with light-up lightsabres! - and the mini carnival procession was pretty good too.
     
  26. paulet

    paulet New Member

    Good feature and lovely park

    I took some photos of Myatts Fields in the snow in January - they are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/pauletroad/tags/se5snow/

    St Gabriel's on Cormont Road (last photo in the feature) was a teacher training college run by the Church of England to train women teachers rather than a girls school - see http://www.culham.ac.uk/sg/about.php - although by all accounts it was run along boarding school lines with the student teachers having little of the freedoms that students would expect now!
     
  27. paulet

    paulet New Member

    There is another event planned in the park for 23 June which will a summer fair with a French theme
     
  28. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Cheers for the update!
     
  29. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Damn! That's when Glasto is on (although I haven't secured my tickets yet, so that may have to serve up as a Glasto substitute. I'll take loads of drugs and bring a tent.)
     
  30. Choc

    Choc Well-Known Member

    yep it is cool and equally well hidden as well (like ruskin).

    i wen to a wicked festival of light there last year..
     

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