In the southeast at least, fading summer departs with grace cut across by wet and windy bluster. Autumn beckons. But the sun shone last week, and in that lingering warmth I found myself in Vauxhall Gardens, site of the original Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens between around 1650 – 1850.
The historical gardens offered pleasures more extensive than those available today, but the past few years have seen the Gardens reclaim one aspect of their former glory: people are using them again, as a through route, as a place to linger. Within the Gardens is Vauxhall City Farm, a stalwart which, if memory serves, dates from the early 1980s. But this is simply background to my actual subject: Deckchairs. Continue reading