Potters Fields

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Potters Fields

 
Pot­ters Fields is a pub­lic park locat­ed imme­di­ate­ly south-east of City Hall and north of Too­ley Street. The park was pleas­ing­ly land­scaped and fur­nished in 2007 – but was sub­se­quent­ly per­mit­ted to detero­r­i­ate. It is one of the few green spaces close to the river­side.

The name ‘potter’s field’ was tra­di­tion­al­ly applied to a bur­ial ground reserved for strangers and the friend­less poor, in an allu­sion to the field bought by the chief priests with the 30 pieces of sil­ver returned to them by the repen­tant Judas Iscar­i­ot. How­ev­er, in this case, the park’s iden­ti­ty seems to derive from the pres­ence of pot­ter­ies oper­at­ed here­abouts by Dutch immi­grants in the late 16th and ear­ly 17th cen­turies.

In September/October 2003 an esti­mat­ed 250,000 peo­ple vis­it­ed Pot­ters Fields over a 44-day peri­od to watch (and in some cas­es abuse) the Amer­i­can illu­sion­ist and endurance artist David Blaine as he dan­gled in the air inside a trans­par­ent case.

In Octo­ber 2017 the Bridge The­atre opened at 3 Pot­ters Fields Park. It is the home of the Lon­don The­atre Com­pa­ny.
 
Potters Fields - sign at entrance from Tooley Street