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Battersea Park

Battersea Park is an 83-hectare (200 acre) green space at Battersea in the London Borough of Wandsworth. It is situated on the south bank of the River Thames opposite Chelsea, and was opened in 1858.
The park occupies a mix of marshland reclaimed from the Thames, and land formerly used for market gardens that served the London population.

Battersea fields, as it was once known, was once a popular spot for duelling. On March 21, 1829, the Duke of Wellington and the Earl of Winchilsea met on Battersea fields to settle a matter of honour. When it came time to fire, the Duke deliberately aimed his duelling pistol wide and Winchilsea fired his into the air. Winchilsea later wrote the Duke a groveling apology.

Original designs for the park were laid out by Sir James Pennethorne between 1846 and 1864, although the park as opened in 1858 varied somewhat from Pennethorne’s vision.
Battersea Park hosted the first football game played under the rules of the recently formed Football Association on 9 January 1864.[citation needed] The members of the opposing teams were chosen by the President of the FA (A. Pember) and the Secretary (E.C. Morley) and included many well-known footballers of the day.

From the 1860s, Battersea Park was home to the leading amateur football team Wanderers F.C., winners of the first-ever FA Cup in 1872. One team they are known to have played against at Battersea was Sheffield F.C. in the 1860s. The Wanderers are planning to reform, although it is unknown whether Battersea Park will be used as their home ground again.

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