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Biggin Wood Croydon

Summary

Biggin Wood is an area of woodland believed to have once been part of the Great North Wood. It appears to have been within a 120acre estate known as Biggin’s Farm. A parish map of 1864 shows 'Biggens Wood' and 'Biggen's Farm' at the end of Biggin's Farm Road. By 1928 the farmhhouse was a ruin and the area around it had lain derelict for some years. The site was acquired by Croydon Corporation in 1939, with tennis courts and changing rooms provided in 1949.

Basic Details

Previous / Other name:
Biggin's Farm

Site location:
Covington Way between Norbury Hill and Biggin Road, Norbury

Postcode:
SW16 3RX ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Public Open Land

Date(s):
1939

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
None

Borough:
Croydon

Site ownership:
LB Croydon

Site management:
Parks and Open Spaces

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
8am Mon-Fri/9am weekends - dusk

Special conditions:

Facilities:
Tennis courts, changing rooms. Toilets

Events:

Public transport:
Rail: Norbury. Bus: 250, 468

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/12/2008
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.croydon.gov.uk

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ316702

Size in hectares:
5.46

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:
Not known

Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Borough Importance I

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
Local Open Land

Fuller information

Biggin Wood is an area of mainly deciduous woodland which is believed to have been part of the Great North Wood. It appears to have been within a 120acre estate known as Biggin’s Farm. A parish map of 1864 shows 'Biggens Wood' and 'Biggen's Farm' at the end of Biggin's Farm Road. James Epps, who had made his money from the cocoa trade, built the house, which is shown with a garden on the first edition OS of 1870. By 1928 the house was a ruin and the area around it had lain derelict for some years. The site was acquired by Croydon Corporation in 1939, with tennis courts and changing rooms provided in 1949.

Sources consulted:

Winterman, M A, Croydon's parks: an illustrated history (LB Croydon, 1988) p14

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