Have you noticed the changes at Kennington Green?
While doing a tour of local Jubilee parties yesterday, I was surprised to find the railings around the green missing. For some time the green had been closed to the public for “health and safety reasons” due to “excessive amounts of dog fouling”. It’s nice to see it open again but it did make me feel as if a friend with long locks turned up with their head completely shaven – it will take a little getting used to
For those who don’t know the history of this space, it occupies a plot of land formed when a new road was built between Westminster Bridge, which opened in 1750, and Kennington Common. In 1780, Kennington Green (on Kennington Road) was a pond named after Sir Joseph Mawbey-a local land owner. The pond was connected by a ditch to nearby Vauxhall Creek. When the area was redeveloped with new housing, residents filled in the pond and fenced it in. Kennington Green currently has four trees within its’ perimeter but is surrounded by more trees on the adjacent pavement.
No doubt opinions will differ on whether the green is better without the railings. Here are a few pictures so you can make your own mind up