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King George's Playing Field Ealing
   
Summary: King George's Playing Field is so-named from the funding received by Southall Borough Council from the King George's Fields Foundation, which was set up as a memorial following the King's death in 1936. The playing field has the original metal gates with brick gate piers and heraldic stone plaques commemorating King George. The Grand Union Canal (Paddington Branch) runs along the western boundary and to the north is the ground of Southall Cricket Club, founded in 1887.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: Lady Margaret Road, Durdans Park, Southall
Postcode: UB1 > Google Map
Type of site: Public Open Land
Date(s): 1950s?
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
Borough: Ealing
Site ownership: LB Ealing
Site management: Leisure & Parks Service
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities: Football pitches
Events:
Public transport: Rail: Southall then bus. Bus: 105.
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/10/2010
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.ealing.gov.uk/services/environment/parks_and_open_spaces

Fuller information:

King George's Playing Field is so-named from the funding from King George's Fields Foundation that led to its creation. Southall Borough Council received a grant of £3,500 for the 29.5 acre site. The King George’s Fields Foundation was established on 3 November 1936 in order to promote the establishment of playing fields in memory of the late King George. It was considered that the King would have approved of such a living memorial, which would benefit the 'individual well-being and the general welfare of the nation', and young people in particular, by providing them with the environment and opportunity for open air exercise. The Trust Deed of the Foundation defined a playing field as 'any open space used for the purpose of outdoor games, sports and pastimes.' Local authorities were able to apply to the Foundation, whose trustee was the National Playing Fields Association, for a grant to provide these new facilities for public recreation. Each new playing field was to be known as King George's Field and was generally provided with heraldic panels that would distinguish it as such. It was a condition of the grant that the tenure of the site was sufficiently secure so that it would provide a meaningful legacy to the king's memory; the land must have been acquired only for the purpose of public recreation. The design of the entrance and the ground's layout had to be approved by the Foundation, which was to receive an annual report for the first five years from the acceptance of the offer. 471 playing fields across the UK were funded and following the demise of the scheme in 1965, their protection has been undertaken by the Fields in Trust. The largest King George's Field is Enfield Playing Fields (q.v.), some 128 acres, and the smallest is in the City of London, King George's Field in Portsoken Street (q.v.).

The playing field in Southall has its original metal gates with brick gate piers that have the heraldic stone plaques commemorating the funding by the Foundation. The open space has the Grand Union Canal (Paddington Branch) along its western boundary. There is some recent tree planting just south of the entrance gates. To the north is the ground of Southall Cricket Club, which was founded in 1887, one of the oldest members of the Middlesex Cricket League. The Club's original ground was in Red Lion Fields opposite the pub of that name and eventually settled here in 1956.

Sources consulted:

'History of the King George's Fields Foundation' and other information on www.fieldsintrust.org
Grid ref: TQ128822
Size in hectares: 9.1
   
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: No
Green Belt: Yes
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation:
   

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