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Meadway Gate Open Space, Hampstead Garden Suburb Barnet

Summary

Hampstead Garden Suburb was conceived by Dame Henrietta Barnett in 1903 when the area, hitherto rural, became ripe for development. Her aim was to provide a garden suburb for the working classes, with some larger houses as well as amenities. The overall layout was the work of Raymond Unwin. The street pattern followed the land contours, with curving and straight roads to create interesting viewpoints, closes and squares, street trees, a pedestrian network of footpaths and a variety of green spaces. The first phase was largely built between 1907-1912 and included this small public garden at Meadway Gate. It is bisected by a footpath, over which is a pergola, with grass areas and rose beds either side, and perimeter trees.

Basic Details

Site location:
Meadway Gate

Postcode:
NW11 7LA ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Public Gardens

Date(s):
1907-10

Designer(s):
?Lutyens

Listed structures:
LBII: telephone kiosk adjacent to drinking trough

Borough:
Barnet

Site ownership:
LB Barnet

Site management:
Leisure and Youth Services, Green Spaces Division

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
unrestricted

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
Tube: Golders Green (Northern) then bus. Bus H2.

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/07/2000
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.barnet.gov.uk

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ253881 (525360,188100)

Size in hectares:
0.5

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No

In Conservation Area:
Yes

Conservation Area name:
Hampstead Garden Suburb

Tree Preservation Order:
Not known

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
Article 4 Direction

Meadway Gate Open Space, Hampstead Garden Suburb

Meadway Gate Open Space, Hampstead Garden Suburb, July 2000. Photo: S Williams

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Fuller information

Meadway Gate is a small landscaped area serving as a roundabout at the junction of Hoop Lane, Temple Fortune Lane, Wild Hatch and Meadway built in the first phase of development of Hampstead Garden Suburb. The Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust Ltd was founded in 1907 at the instigation of Dame Henrietta Barnett who proposed 'a garden suburb for the working classes, but with some larger houses and shops, stressing the need for mixed development, with its opportunity to spread the 'contagion of refinement'.' (Pevsner) 243 acres of land were purchased from Eton College and the overall layout was undertaken by Sir Raymond Unwin who was architect to the Trust between 1906 and 1914. With his partner Barry Parker, Unwin was at that time completing housing schemes in Letchworth and New Earswick near York. His layout including curving roadways, low density housing with attention paid to greenery, in the form of new trees planted, hedging rather than walls, and the introduction of open spaces such as at Meadway Gate as well as the retention of woodland areas. Meadway Gate garden is bisected by a footpath up steps from Hoop Lane, over which is a wisteria-covered pergola. Each side of the pergola and path is an area of lawn with rose beds, with some trees around the perimeter of the garden.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 4: North (Penguin, 1998)

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