Greenwich Park, with the 1675-80 Pepys Plan superimposed on an old OS plan, and with a red block showing how the Royal Parks bin store blocks the throat of a very fine avenue of c1660 Sweet Chestnut Trees.
Here are the words from the poem on One Tree Hill in Greenwich Park. They are carved in capital letters:
HERE FAIR ELIZA, VIRGIN QUEEN
FROM BUSINESS FREE, ENJOY'D THE SCENE
HEREOFT IN PENSIVE MOOD SHE STOOD
AND KINDLY PLAN'D FOR BRITAIN'S GOOD:
SO RECORD TELLS AND THIS BESIDE,
SUNG DITTIES TO THE SILVERTIDE
FULL WORTH SUCH HONOURS ART THOU STILL,
BELOV'D OF THOUSANDS, ONE TREE HILL
T.N. ONE TREE HILL, THE LONDON CHRONICLE MAY 25-27TH, 1784
I am glad to have made a record of the poem, because the bench on which it is carved is rotting away. The reason is that the builders used galvanized screws instead of brass screws. The zinc has gone and the rusty metal is causing the wood to rot. Its a pity.
I have had the good fortune to stay with an elderly lady who lives one block from Greenwich Park in Blackheath. While there, I took daily strolls through Greenwich Park and absolutely fell in love with it, especially One Tree Hill and the bench surrounding that spot.
It is my sincere hope that someone has information regarding the poem inscribed and partially deteriorated on the bench around the tree there. If anyone could post the original words, I would be immensely grateful.
It is amazing what a difference a wall makes. Blackheath is bleak, open and empty, but the wall round Greenwich Park makes it a safe and comfortable place for a picnic.
I grew up in South East London and love this park. If you are there after dark, you'll see the Greenwich Meridian is marked by a green laser beam which shoots out over the park from the Royal Observatory (which is on top of the hill in Greenwich Park).
an brilliant park to visit perect for families, perfectly maintained. well wrth the visit
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