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This year's pumpkin - a tribute to Battersea Power Station.

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Sketches of the Far Tottering Railway and Big Dipper rollercoaster at the Battersea Park Festival Gardens in 1954, three years after its opening. In 1972, 5 children were killed and 13 more injured when a Big Dipper car detached from the haulage rope and rolled backwards into the station, colliding with another train. Deprived of its main attraction, the Festival Gardens closed two years later. The Big Dipper was adjacent to Chelsea Bridge in the northeast corner of the park. Near as I can tell, the area is now covered by a carpark and football pitches.

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Battersea A (completed in 1934) was fitted out with Art Deco control rooms, polished parquet floors and an Italian marble turbine hall. One Hyde Park can GTFO.

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Prime Minister Arthur Wellesley (aka the 1st Duke of Wellington) duels George Fitch-Hatton (aka the 10th Earl of Winchilsea) in Battersea Fields (aka Battersea Park).

Back in 1829, Battersea Park was basically just a massive field of savoury asparagus, punctuated by occasional unsavoury establishments such as the notorious Red House Tavern (demolished in 1850).  It was here in this swampy, low-lying marshland that the aristocracy of the time met to sort out various differences in opinion.

Prime Minister Arthur Wellesley, otherwise known as the Duke of Wellington, was petitioning for the emancipation of Irish Catholics and, amongst other things, the formation of a new London-based university to be known as Kings College.  To hardcore Anglican George Fitch-Hatton, otherwise known as the Earl of Winchilsea, all this looked suspiciously like a subtle promotion of RC interests above Britain’s traditional Protestant values.  He expressed his displeasure by withdrawing his financial backing of the Kings project and challenging Wellington to a duel.  The PM accepted and the two met at 8:00 AM on the morning of Saturday, March 21st.  After wading through a few muddy ditches, the opponents faced off and took their marks.  The resulting outcome was a bit of a damp squib, both literally and figuratively.  When Wellington fired wide, Winchilsea responded by discharging his pistol harmlessly into the air.  Having apparently decided that that shooting the Prime Minister wasn’t such a great idea after all, Winchilsea then presented Wellington with a groveling apology.  While both duelists were pilloried by the contemporary press, Wellington is generally thought to have emerged the moral victor.

'Lobster Claw Wellington v. Beanpole Winchilsea' or 'The Field of Battersea' by engraver William Heath.

'Battersea Brawl' or 'King's Colledge to Wit' by engraver Thomas Jones.

Moral: Battersea is for lovers and asparagus, not silly political tiffs.

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Slapstick.

Four reasons why Battersea is the world’s most comically dangerous place to live.

1.

Mmmm.

Mmmm. Smells like steak.

Sam artistically captures Argentinian steak restaurant Santa Maria del Sur on fire.

2.

Sigh.

Sigh.

Truck crashes into bus crashes into bridge on Battersea Park Road.

3.

Warriner Gardens scaffolding collapse.

4.

My neighbors had an unexpected visitor.

My neighbors had an unexpected visitor on Thursday.

Queenstown Road bus crash.

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