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Cannizaro Park, London

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Cannizaro Park is a public park in Wimbledon in the London Borough of Merton. It is located to the south of Wimbledon Common and is known for its ornamental landscaped gardens with ponds and sculpture.
The park is the remnant of the gardens of the former country house at its centre . The house, originally known as Warren House, was built in the 18th century and was owned by the Grosvenor and Drax families who, for most of its history, let it to a series of wealthy tenants. The adjacent Royal Wimbledon golf course and the western parts of Wimbledon village were also once parts of the estate.
Between 1785 and 1806, Home Secretary and Secretary of State for War, Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, occupied the house. At this time it was a major social centre for royalty and senior politicians . Dundas organised the landscaping of the gardens, the basic structure of which remains today. Lady Jane Wood in the gardens is a memorial to his wife.
In 1817, Sicilian Francis Platamone, Count St. Antonio and his Scottish wife Sophia leased Warren House and held regular parties and concerts, whose attendees included Prime Minister the Duke of Wellington and Mrs Fitzherbert, mistress of King George IV. The Count left his wife and returned to Italy in 1832 when he inherited the title Duke of Cannizzaro. The Duchess remained at Warren House until she died in 1841. After her death the house came to be known by her husband's title .
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  • Known locally for years as Cannizaro Park, the big house has been turned into a wonderful hotel right in the middle of a 30-acre garden. Being originally from Wimbledon, I knew about the house, even t...  more »
  • This park was recommended by a colleague. Easy to reach via 93 bus and 20 min walk from Buddhapadipa Temple. Beautiful aviary, trees, woodland and flowers. Picnic areas too. Just wish it was better si...  more »
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  • Little haven near the big city. Quiet and peaceful. Hasn't changed in 50 years. The aviary needs a good clean though, please, I could hardly see the birds.
  • Beautiful park with a woods section and different gardens. You can walk your dog here and it's a really lovely spot, very tranquil away from the main lawn and hotel/house.
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