This event has finished Took place on: Thursday, 6th Jun 2019
In Victorian London, the pleasure garden served as a cross between a public park, a fairground and al fresco nightclub, arguably a precursor of the modern theme park.
In this talk, Lee Jackson reveals the peculiar and salacious history of Chelsea’s infamous Cremorne Gardens.
Initially opened as a sports club in the 1830s by the eccentric marksman Baron de Berenger, he gradually transformed the 12 acre site on the banks of the River Thames into an outdoor palace of entertainment with balloon rides, necromantic wonders, freak shows, and an aquatic circus amongst other 19th century thrills.
The story of Cremorne includes drinking, dancing, tightrope walks across the Thames, parachuting monkeys, and Cremorne's association with the demi-monde of the West End, which notoriously contributed to its much-publicised downfall in 1877 after it was branded a "nursery of every kind of vice”.
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Reserve tickets at this website2019-06-06 2019-06-06 Europe/London Cremorne Gardens - Chelsea's infamous Victorian pleasure garden In this talk, Lee Jackson reveals the peculiar and salacious history of Chelsea’s infamous Cremorne Gardens. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2019/06/06/cremorne-gardens-chelseas-infamous-victorian-pleasure-garden-201516 Carlyle's House,24 Cheyne Row, Chelsea, London, Chelsea, London