Victorian London - Entertainment and Recreation - Parks, Commons and Heaths - Primrose Hill Park

PRIMROSE HILL PARK ... Contains a public Cricket-ground and Gymnasium. From the hill a fine view may be obtained. Open free daily. 

Reynolds' Shilling Coloured Map of London, 1895

Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - Primrose Hill

Primrose Hill - photograph


Primrose Hill was purchased by the Crown from Eton College early in the present century as a public resort, and it now rises from the midst of fifty acres of land laid out as a park to the north of Regent's Park. The summit is 206 feet above the Trinity high-water mark of the Thames, and it commands an extensive view of the Metropolis. The London and North-Western Railway constructed a tunnel under the Hill more than sixty ears ago, which was thought a great engineering feat at that time and for long afterwards. On the southern slope, in 1864, Phelps, the actor, planted an oak to commemorate the Shakespeare tercentenary. Primrose Hill is much frequented on Bank Holidays, and when toboganning is to be had.

PRIMROSE HILL is a high mound at the north side of Regent's-pk, whence a good view may be obtained. Only a few years ago Primrose-hill was in the fields, and from the Regent's-pk to Hampstead there was little but open country. Now the hill is the centre of a large new town, and a great population has grown, up around it. It is very popular with holiday makers who are unable to get out of town, although, with the exception of a rather small open-air gymnasium, there is nothing to contribute to the public amusement. Ry. Stns. Chalk Farm (N.L.) and St. John's Wood-rd (Met.); Omnibus Rte., Albert-rd; Cab Rank, Zoological-gdns (near new north entrance).

Charles Dickens Jr. et al, Dickens Dictionary of London, c.1908 edition
(no date; based on internal evidence)