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Franks Park Bexley
   
Summary: Franks Park was established after the land was purchased by Erith Council in 1920. It is named after Frank Beadle, a local philanthropist, who donated money for its purchase. It comprises an area of woodland that was formerly part of the estate of Belvedere Park, which stood near Upper Park Road, the house used as the Royal Alfred Merchant Seaman's Institution between 1865-1959 .
Children playing in Franks Park, c.1906. Courtesy Bexley Local Studies & Archive Centre
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The Park, Belvedere, postcard .1920. Courtesy Bexley Local Studies & Archive Centre
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Previous / Other name: Formerly part of Belvedere Park
Site location: Erith Road, Belvedere
Postcode: DA17 6HB > Google Map
Type of site: Public Park
Date(s): C18th; C20th
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
Borough: Bexley
Site ownership: LB Bexley
Site management: Parks and Open Spaces; Franks Friends
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities: Children’s playground; dog free zone.
Events:
Public transport: Rail: Belvedere. Bus: 469, 492
Children playing in Franks Park, c.1906. Courtesy Bexley Local Studies & Archive Centre
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The Park, Belvedere, postcard .1920. Courtesy Bexley Local Studies & Archive Centre
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The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/04/2002
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.bexley.gov.uk

Fuller information:

An area of woodland, formerly part of the estate of Belvedere Park, which stood near Upper Park Road; the early C18th house was used between 1865-1959 as the Royal Alfred Merchant Seaman's Institution. Franks Park was established after purchase of the land by Erith Council in 1920, and named after Frank Beadle, local philanthropist, who donated money for its purchase. The woods are predominantly Oak, but with Lebanon Cedars, and notable Lime and lilac beside Foxhouse Road. The adjacent recreation ground has several mature standard oaks and horse chestnuts, and holm oaks, one on a mound. A sunken concrete bowl on top of the hill to the north is a remnant garden feature belonging to Temple Mount, a mid C19th house demolished after WWII.

Sources consulted:

Darrell Spurgeon, 'Discover Crayford and Erith', Greenwich Guide Book, 1995
Grid ref: TQ501786
Size in hectares: 16.8
   
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
No
 
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:
In Conservation Area: No
Conservation Area name:
Tree Preservation Order: No
Nature Conservation Area: Yes - Borough I Importance
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation: Urban Open Space. Part of the Green Chain Walk
   

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