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A prospect of Vauxhall Gardens in 1751

Vauxhall Gardens /vɒks'ɔ:l/ was a pleasure garden, one of the leading places for public entertainment in London, England from the mid 17th century to the mid 19th century.

The site became Vauxhall Gardens in 1785 and money was charged to gain entry. In 1817, the Battle of Waterloo was re-played with 1,000 soldiers taking part. The park closed in 1859 and the land was sold to become buildings.

More reading

  • Scott, Walter Sidney, Green retreats; the story of Vauxhall Gardens, 1661–1859. London: Odhams Press, 1955
  • The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 10, Issue 262, July 7, 1827




  • David Coke, "Vauxhall Gardens", Rococo: Art and Design in Hogarth's England (London: Victoria and Albert Museum) 1984:75-81.

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Coordinates: 51°29.20′N 0°07.31′W / 51.4867°N 0.12183°W / 51.4867; -0.12183