Vintage Clissold fun in old Stoke Newington

Clissold Park 1889 © LBH
Clissold Park opening pic recreated 2014  by DoubleHPhotography
Victorian ravers mark the opening of Clissold Park, top, and above, the event is re-created

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.

Below the picture is a re-creation by the Clissold Park User Group and DoubleHPhotography to celebrate the park’s 125th anniversary.

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Mischievous boys? At the drinking fountain. Below right, the re-creation this month

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.Clissold2014

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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