The water tower is one of the more dominant features of Hither Green – it is included in the festival’s logo and a reference point for photos from the air or higher vantage points. It is one of the remaining parts of one of the bigger Victorian hospitals – which has gone by various names – although was the Park Fever Hospital for just over half of its existence. The hospital closed in its centenary year of 1997.
The known history of the site goes back to the Middle Ages – as was covered in one of the early posts in Running Past, part of the site seems to have been covered by a medieval village that was probably wiped out by the Black Death.
The site was home to a pair of large houses, Hither Green Lodge and Wilderness House owned by the Desvignes family (as of the road…
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