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Lyle Park was opened on 24 July 1924 by Sir Leonard Lyle, JP on land which was given to West Ham by the Golden Syrup manufacturer Abraham Lyle & Son. The area around the park had developed from 1850 particularly as a result of the building of the Royal Victoria Docks, with the station opening here in 1863. By 1859 the area had become known as Silvertown after the rubber and telegraph works of S W Silver & Co., founded in 1852 but demolished in the 1960s.

Abraham Lyle & Son was one of a number of food processors which came here from the west of Scotland and established a factory at Plaistow Wharf in 1881. In 1878 Henry Tate and Sons of Liverpool had moved to Thames Wharf where they manufactured sugar cubes. The two firms joined in 1921 although they kept their separate sites.

The park occupies an important site overlooking the Thames, and is one of only two riverside parks in the borough, the other the newly created Thames Barrier Park. Lyle Park is laid out on a rectangular piece of land beside the Thames near Plaistow Wharf at the south, with a narrower strip leading to Bradfield Road in the north. In the lower area is a drinking fountain, which was erected by public subscription and dedicated to 'the men of West Silvertown' who died in World War I. By 1970 the upper terrace had also been redesigned with the bandstand removed and the path system redesigned. A set of ornamental wrought iron gates was installed on this upper terrace in 1994, reflecting the industrial heritage of this area. These were originally the entrance gates to Harland & Wolff Ltd, ship builders, ship repairers and engineers, which had opened in Woolwich Manor Way in 1924, to close in 1972 .

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