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Cumberland Market

Cumberland Market, July 2002. Photo: S Williams

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The market was originally planned by John Nash in the 1820s as a third market for hay to serve Regent's Park. In 1834 it was known as Regent's Park Haymarket, and the modern plan preserves the outlines of this layout. It was established close to the Cumberland Basin, which was fed by an arm of Regent's Canal but eventually infilled in 1942/3. Cumberland Market Playground opened to the public in 1923. The market closed in 1926; an ice-house beneath was filled in during the 1930s. Now overlooked by modern low-rise council blocks and the Crown Estate's Windsor House, the gardens have been refurbished and part of the cobbled surfaces of the former market restored.
Cumberland Market, July 2002. Photo: S Williams
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Previous / Other name:
Site location: Regents Park Estate, Cumberland Market
Postcode: NW1 > Google Map
Type of site: Public Gardens
Date(s): C19th
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
Borough: Camden
Site ownership: LB Camden
Site management: Parks & Open Spaces
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: 7.30am - dusk
Special conditions:
Facilities: Playground, sports pitch
Events:
Public transport: Tube: Great Portland Street (Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City, Circle). Rail/London Overground/Tube (Northern/Victoria): Euston. Bus: C2, 24, 27, 29, 134, 135.
Cumberland Market, July 2002. Photo: S Williams
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The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/07/2002
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.camden.gov.uk

Fuller information:

A square enclosure surrounded by modern railings, with a few mature London planes, divided up into a landscaped area and recreation areas, one end built over with single storey brick cabins. The site was originally planned by John Nash in the 1820s as a third market for hay to serve the Regent's Park Estate, close to the Cumberland canal basin. An arm of Regent's Canal was constructed 1813-16 from the west of Regent's Park and Albany Street to end in the basin at Cumberland Market. Gloucester Gate Bridge was built over the Cumberland Basin arm in 1877 but the basin was infilled in 1942/3. In 1834 it was known as Regent's Park Haymarket, and the modern plan preserves the outlines of this layout. Cumberland Market Playground opened to the public in 1923 and the market closed in 1926; an ice-house beneath the market, supplied by boat from Norway, was filled in during the 1930s. Now overlooked by modern low-rise council blocks and the Crown Estate's Windsor House of c.1940 with a pleasant front garden, aligned on its north-south axis. The gardens have been refurbished and part of the cobbled surfaces of the former market restored, with new playground equipment also provided.

Sources consulted:

Survey of London; A Cooper ed. 'Primrose Hill to Euston Road, A Survey of Streets of West Camden', Camden History Society, 1981
Grid ref: TQ289827
Size in hectares: 0.5771
   
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: Yes
In Conservation Area: No
Conservation Area name:
Tree Preservation Order: Not known
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation: Public Open Space (Small Local). Playground is Private Open Space
   

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