Maypole dancing at Cremorne Gardens

#Picture Number LP220

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Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of maypole dancing on the lawn at Cremorne Gardens. A well-dressed crowd, the women wearing crinoline dresses, watch the dancers, who wear ‘rustic’ costumes. The maypole is decorated with a traditional May garland. In the background is an Italian-style pavilion and an arcade made of trellis work. Cremorne Gardens were in Chelsea, between the Kings Road and the river Thames. They were highly popular from the 1840s to the 1870s, when the proprietor was Mr T Simpson. This illustration shows part of the special entertainments he put on in 1858, which included a marionette show in the pavilion, musical entertainments and bands, fireworks, and a comic ballet.