Victorian, bear pit could be unearthed as part of Ebbsfleet Garden City development

By   August 7, 2017

It might seem like something from Game of Thrones, but hidden beneath the Northfleet soil, far from the big-budget world television fantasy, is a bear pit which once brought Victorian crowds to the town.

Opened in 1837, Rosherville Gardens was a key tourist attraction in the 19th century, not only boasting the bear pit and adjoining caves, but also a lake, picturesque gardens and a cliffside entrance.

The Grade II listed site was dug up for excavation in 2012, before the gardens and pit were returned to the earth, following the gardens’ decline at the start of the 19th century.

But as work goes on to provide 15,000 homes at Ebbsfleet Garden City, campaigners have set up a petition urging developers to consider permanently unearthing the piece of Northfleet history, and make it a key feature of any future housing development.

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