Victoria Park

Victoria Park .—This, the only park in the east or poorer division of London, consists of about 270 acres.  Having been formed only a few years, the trees have not yet grown to a full size; but it is gradually becoming a pleasant spot, with flower-beds, lakes, walks, and shady avenues.  This park is especially distinguished by possessing the most magnificent Public Fountain  yet constructed in the metropolis; it was provided by the munificence of Miss Burdett Coutts, at a cost of £5,000; the design, due to Mr. Darbyshire, is that of a Gothic structure, crowned by a cupola 60 feet high.  Being near the densely populated districts of Bethnal Green and Mile End, the park is a great boon to the inhabitants.  It lies between those districts and Hackney, and easy access to it can be obtained from two stations on the North London Railway—those of Hackney and Hackney Wick, or Victoria Park.  The fountain just mentioned is near the Hackney entrance.  Improved access is also opened from Whitechapel, from Mile End, and from Bow.