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Since the sunshine is so glorious its always wonderful to find some green space where I can have an ice cream, read the paper or simply escape to.

Paddington Street Gardens is a tiny slice of just that, situated only one street behind the Marylebone High Street. Its closer than Regent’s Park and smaller, and also has a children’s playground.

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The most interesting thing though, is the park’s history, as it was once a burial ground for St Marylebone Parish Church and has over 80,000 graves buried there.

Here is a link to a page about its past.  But a basic summing up is:

  • It started life as a burial ground around the 1760s
  • The graveyard was official closed, however, in 1814 when St John’s Wood burial site opened
  • The site became used for more lively activities in 1885 when it was opened as a recreational space

In some ways it is a little creepy to think of playing, or resting or even just reading on a old graveyard. In another way, though, it’s rather nice that life in London continues and grows.

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