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Bushy Park (Hampton Court)

Bushy Park is a large public park at Hampton Court near London.

Its entrance is in The Stockyard, on the North bank of the River Thames, near Hampton Court Palace.

Bushy Park is the second largest of the Royal parks. Within the park is much of the 12 mile Longford River, an artificial waterway dreamed up by Charles I and designed by Nicholas Lane in 1638 - 39. Its purpose was to provide water for the palace.

Later, William III encouraged his gardeners to enhance the park`s beauty. Christopher Wren designed the mile long Chestnut Avenue, and the Arethusa Fountain was the work of Inigo Jones.

General Eisenhower made Bushy Park his headquarters for planning D-Day.

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