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Published: 17 October 2020

By Andy Ross

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Hatfields Green

Along the walk from our London home to the Thames is this small park with an interesting history. 

Hatfields is the remnant of a corner junction of two roads but during the Second World War the houses on the corner were hit by bombs. During rebuilding, one road disappeared and Hatfields, the second road, remained. The small green left behind, running along the road, had been designated a public park in the 19th Century and this is what is now the community park.

What is particularly interesting is the name. Everywhere one goes in London, names give clues as to the history of the area. This name related to a place where skins were dried on the open fields to make... you guessed it: hats!