London Parks & Gardens Trust

A Walk through Southwark

Little Dorrit Children's Playground

Little Dorrit Children's Playground

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Directions

Turn left out of Borough underground station, cross Marshalsea Road, turn left and then first right past an Historic Southwark wall plaque into Disney Place. Follow the fenced-in school playing area to Little Dorrit Children's Playground.

Description

The site is named after Little Dorrit, the main character in a novel of the same name by Charles Dickens, who moved to Southwark in 1824, aged 12, when his father was imprisoned in the nearby Marshalsea Prison. The site was previously Falcon Court, ‘a horrible rookery of tumble-down, dirty hovels’. It became a children's playground in 1902. Improvements were carried out in 2001 by the Little Dorrit Park Group, set up by local mothers. The park is supported by Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST). As with many sites on this walk, the backdrop views towards central London are surprisingly stunning.