Cannon Hill Common, London
...where you can feed the ducks that paddle on the lake, picnic in a “secret” forest glade or climb on a natural jungle gym of fallen trees. Swipe ➡️ to see Isla and her brother feeding the ducks. What do you think little Isla is thinking here?
Cannon Hill Common was part of the former holdings of Merton Priory, founded in the12th Century and was later part of Cannon Hill Estate. The land was farmed for many centuries until Cannon Hill House was built in the mid 1700s. By 1880 the house was empty and the surrounding land farmed. In 1924 developer George Blay (who built our own house, as it happens!) purchased the estate as well as part of the Rayne Estate and built over much of it, but in 1925 offered the site to Merton and Morden for a public park, which opened in 1927, named Cannon Hill Common. The house, which had sat on the edge of the lake was demolished and the remaining site and woodland was designated a bird sanctuary in 1927 and later became a nature reserve. The ornamental lake was created in the18th Century and is a relic of the former landscaped grounds of Cannon Hill House.
Every place in London has a story which is part of its immense charm. I hope you’re having a good day on this wet and windy Saturday ❤️