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Butler's Green Brent

Summary

Butler's Green represents the last remnant of Sudbury Common, which until the early C18th covered around 234 acres in this area. The land had been owned by Sir William Perkin (1838-1907), a Methodist and scientist. The site was purchased in 1920 from Perkin's Trustees and was opened as Sudbury Recreation Ground. It was renamed after Edwin Butler who had a grocer's shop at 791 Harrow Road, and who was much involved in local affairs, an advocate of acquiring open land for public recreational use. There used to be a tennis ground in the park, on the site of the playground.

Basic Details

Previous / Other name:
Sudbury Common; Sudbury Recreation Ground

Site location:
Harrow Road/Watford Road, Sudbury

Postcode:
HA0 2LS ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Public Park

Date(s):
1920

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
None

Borough:
Brent

Site ownership:
LB Brent

Site management:
Parks Service

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
unrestricted

Special conditions:

Facilities:
Playground

Events:

Public transport:
Tube: Sudbury Town (Piccadilly). London Overground/Rail/Tube (Bakerloo): Wembley Central then bus. Rail: Sudbury and Harrow Road. Bus: 18, 92, 182, 204.

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.brent.gov.uk

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ166855 (516688,185559)

Size in hectares:
1.46

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:
No

Tree Preservation Order:
No

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
None

Butler's Green

Butler's Green, June 2001. Photo: S Williams

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Fuller information

Butler's Green represents the last area remaining of Sudbury Common, which until the early C18th covered around 234 acres in this area. It was named after Edwin Butler who had a grocer's shop at 791 Harrow Road, and who was much involved in local affairs, an advocate of acquiring open land for public recreational use. He became the first Mayor of Wembley Borough Council in 1937.

Butler's Green land had been owned by Sir William Perkin (1838-1907), a Methodist and scientist who in 1856 had succeeded in making quinine synthetically, which led to producing coloured aniline dyes, also used in stamps in Victorian times. The site of Butler's Green was purchased in 1920 from Perkin's Trustees and was opened as Sudbury Recreation Ground. It consists of an open triangular green space with a more formal planted area at the apex of the triangle with benches, beds with yuccas, conifers, roses and other flowers and shrubs. There are trees along the perimeter and some dotted on the site, of various species including horse chestnut and London plane.

Sources consulted:

LB Brent 'A Sudbury Stroll'

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