The Friends of Vauxhall Park are consulting on their proposal to change the name of the Rose Garden to The Fawcett Garden, in honour of Henry Fawcett who is so important to the very existence of the Park.
Henry Fawcett (1833-1884) lived with his wife Millicent Fawcett, the great Suffragist, in a house whose site was near to the current Tennis Courts. It was his wish that the people of Vauxhall had access to a freely accessible open space for their enjoyment and to benefit their health. Millicent, with Octavia Hill (Social Reformer and co-founder of the National Trust) together with many members of the local Community honoured this wish which resulted in our wonderful Park (opened in 1890) which is still benefitting the residents of Vauxhall. Henry was blind but this did not stop him being responsible for many notable reforms including making it easier for the poorest to save and have access to Life Insurance at a time before the Welfare State, introducing the Parcel Post and Postal Orders during his time as Postmaster General and becoming a well respected academic and economist. He is remembered on the Reformers Monument in North London.
The FOVP have been closely involved with the replanting and redesigning of this area: the plants have all been chosen for their ‘sensory’ qualities and the paths have been designed to allow for ease of access. Plenty of benches have been installed here to cater for our older visitors in particular. The FOVP would like to name this garden The Fawcett Garden in honour of Henry Fawcett, who was blind himself to particularly add to the enjoyment of all people visiting the park.
If you have a comment, please contact us before 7 August 2020.