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In 1846, a large part of Battersea Common, Battersea Fields, and the old pleasure grounds of the Red House Inn were bought in order to form a new park - Battersea Park.The land was not developed until 1854, and was opened by Queen Victoria in 1858, along with the neighbouring Chelsea Bridge. In 1889, London County Council took over responsibility for the park. At first it was famous for its floral displays, but later a lot more sports facilities were added. During World War One, vegetables were grown on allotments in the park, and anti-aircraft guns were set up on the croquet fields. In World War Two, the allotments and guns returned, and a pig club, experimental radio station, barrage balloon site and children's nursery also appeared.

In 1951 the government decided to organise a Festival of Britain to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the Great Exhibition organised by Prince Albert in the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park in 1851. All the festival sites were on the South Bank of the River Thames, and a large part of Battersea Park was taken over to create the Festival Gardens. The funfair there was only intended to last a year, but in fact stayed open until 1974. The care of the park passed from the LCC to the GLC, and when the GLC was closed, Wandsworth Council took over. A large amount of restoration has taken place in the last few years.

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