The Dancing Platform at Cremorne Gardens (1864)

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The Dancing Platform at Cremorne Gardens (1864)

In the 17th century, Chelsea Farm was formed and the area was used for market gardening plots, supplying central London.

In 1778, Lord Cremorne bought Chelsea Farm and Cremorne House was built.

In 1830 Charles Random de Berenger, a colourful character implicated in financial fraud during the Napoleonic War, purchased Cremorne House. He was a keen sportsman and opened a sports club know as Cremorne Stadium for ‘skilful and manly exercise' including shooting, sailing, archery and fencing.

In 1846, De Berenger's Cremorne Stadium was transformed into a pleasure garden which became a popular and noisy place of entertainment. The entertainment included a diverse range of activities including concerts, fireworks, balloon ascents, galas and theatre.

Attribution: Phoebus Levin

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