We’ve got three unique scrap books of ephemera relating to Cremorne Gardens, the librarian said. Three hardback books with crackling paper and neat red borders drawn with red ink and a ruler over a hundred years ago. Handbills, newspaper cuttings, engravings, printed scores, guidebook pages: cut out and stuck in. Balloon ascents. Concerts. Ballets. Theatre. Tableau Vivants. Panoramic Views. Equestrianism. Fireworks. Staged sea battles on the Thames. Tournaments. Marionette Shows. Tightrope walks. Dancing. Eating. Walking through fire. Nine hours amusement every day, guaranteed.
After a research visit to Kensington and Chelsea Local Studies Collection, 20/05/10