A LONDON COUNTY COUNCIL BAND IN BATTERSEA PARK.
Battersea Park was pre-eminently the recreation ground of the democrats until the aristocrats took to cycling, and discovered in their turn the beauties of the place, which was laid out more than forty years ago at a Cost of upwards of £300,000. But one of the most interesting spectacles in Battersea Park is the crowd from the densely-populated neighbourhood which gathers to listen to the music of one of the London County Council's bands. No bigger crowd can be seen round the bandstand in any of the other open spaces of the Metropolis. The Council's bands, it must be said, are capitally organised, and no ratepayer with any music in his soul can feel that he does not get his money's worth.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896