THE PHOTOGRAPH at top shows the triumphant opening in 1889 of Clissold Park in Stoke Newington N16 9HJ after householders defeated a campaign by developers to build on the land.
Another picture, taken early last century, is from a postcard depicting three boys pretending they have no mischievous intent at the drinking fountain.
It commemorates John Runtz and Joseph Beck, who founded the park.
With help from the Drinking Fountain Association and the user group, Hackney council restored the fountain by in time for the park’s birthday this month at which the memorial was unveiled by some of Beck’s great-great-grandchildren.
Along with 15 other parks, Clissold Park has kept its Green Flag status for the ninth year in a row. More than £9 million has been spent over the past four years on restoring the park and the Grade II listed Clissold House.
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