Ruskin Park

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Ruskin Park
Bandstand, Ruskin Park, Lambeth, London-24March2012.jpg
Ruskin Park is located in Greater London
Ruskin Park
Ruskin Park is located in the United Kingdom
Ruskin Park
Type Public park
Location Denmark Hill, Lambeth, London SE5, England.
Coordinates 51°27′53″N 0°05′37″W / 51.464703°N 0.093729°W / 51.464703; -0.093729Coordinates: 51°27′53″N 0°05′37″W / 51.464703°N 0.093729°W / 51.464703; -0.093729
Area 36 acres (15 ha)
Created 2 February 1907; 111 years ago (1907-02-02)
Status Open all year

Ruskin Park is in Denmark Hill in Camberwell in the London Borough of Lambeth, London, England, taking up much of its south-west quarter starting at its station. It was opened on 2 February 1907 with an area of 24 acres (10 ha) then, in 1910, 12 acres (5 ha) was added on its south-west side. These two parts are undivided. It is named after John Ruskin (1819–1900), a poet, writer and a major champion of diverse green spaces as well as of the Arts and Crafts movement, who lived near the park. He gives his name equally to a college, museum and square.[1]

During World War I, recruits of the 21st Battalion, London Regiment (First Surrey Rifles) based at nearby Flodden Road in Camberwell, trained in the park.[2]

In 1967, photographer Colin Prime took Pink Floyd for their first official photoshoot. It took place in Ruskin Park and came about after Prime had met the band as an up-and-coming new group playing the London clubs.

The photos see the band— Nick Mason, Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright—larking about in jovial spirits in the park, sitting on benches posing, or in or near the Ruskin Park Portico, a remaining part of the 18th century villas that once encircled Denmark Hill.


  1. ^ "Ruskin Park". Lambeth Council. Archived from the original on 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  2. ^ Anon, A War Record of the 21st London Regiment (First Surrey Rifles), 1914–1919, 1927/Uckfield: Naval & Military, 2003, ISBN 1-843426-19-6.

Named after John Ruskin who lived with his wife Effie in Denmark Hill