|David Copperfield Gardens||Southwark|
David Copperfield Gardens were created on the site of the former private garden of County Terrace and is overlooked by the footbridge over New Kent Road to the south. In 1928 the neglected, irregularly shaped garden, at the time owned by the Trustees of Messrs. H C & M D Smith, was in the process of being sold to Southwark Borough Council for public open space. The houses of County Terrace were replaced by a local authority housing estate although the garden remained and was laid out with lawn, various ornamental trees, flower beds and shrubs and a statue erected by the Dickens Fellowship referring to a passage in Charles Dickens' 'David Copperfield'. The garden has been completely re-landscaped.
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In September 1931 the Dickens Fellowship erected a fountain in the new public garden with a small statue of a cherub amidst a floral display. A plaque had a quote from 'David Copperfield' when Copperfield is on his flight to Dover: 'I came to a stop at the Kent Road at a terrace with a piece of water before it and a great foolish image in the middle blowing a dry shell'.
Joyce Bellamy notes. Report of the Royal Commission on London Squares, 1928.