Richmond Park, England

Public access to a royal park?

SUMMARY:  John Lewis (1713-1792), a commoner, won a court case against a gatekeeper which ultimately required Her Royal Highness Princess Amelia (1711-1786) to allow a limited pedestrian way through Richmond Park – a royal park.

In this skit, three boys find out they can walk through a park that had previously been reserved only for royalty. But how exactly can they do that?

  • Type:  True information; made-up skit
  • Time and Region:  Near Richmond Park, England in 1758
  • Grades:  9-12
  • Cast:  3
  • Performance Time:  5-8 minutes
USE: Can be used as reader’s theatre in the classroom to understand the topic or it can be performed.
✦ ✦ ✦ The skit includes extensive background information for the readers or actors from first person sources, as well as maps, and photos. Just this background information can be used to study the topic.
✦ ✦ ✦ I was asked to write this skit by the Museum of Richmond in England.


  • History classes as reader’s theatre
  • Drama showcases
  • Homeschool events
  • Museums

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