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Battersea Park was founded and opened by Queen Victoria in 1858 as a place for London’s lower classes to spend their recreation time in an attempt to curb the criminal element that swept London at that time.
The park is a 200 acre (0.83 km²) green space in Battersea, London, situated on the south bank of the River Thames opposite Chelsea. It is home to a small zoo, all-weather outdoor sporting facilities including tennis courts, a running track and football pitches; a boating lake, as well as being the site of the London Peace Pagoda.
The park occupies a mix of marshland reclaimed from the Thames, and land formerly used for market gardens serving the growing London population.
Battersea Park was the home ground of The Wanderers, who won the first ever F.A.Cup in 1872, beating the Royal Engineers 1-0.
A Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds to help unite them in their search for world peace. The Pagoda is one of seventy built around the world to commemorate Hiroshima Day- the anniversary of the nuclear attack in 1945.
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