|Brooklands Park Estate||Greenwich|
Brooklands Park Estate is an LCC housing estate built in 1958 on land within the Cator Estate, which was developed with smart villas from the late C18th. Brooklands Park Estate was built on the former grounds of Casterbridge and comprises seven 5-storey blocks and low terraces set within landscaping. Care was taken to retain existing features such as mature trees and the ornamental lake once in the house grounds. A hexagonal domed brick conduit house is located on the edge of the lake.
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In the C19th a large house called Elmsdale, later known as Casterbridge, existed here with extensive grounds that included an ornamental lake and fine trees. This was one of four large houses to the south of Blackheath Park within the Cator Estate, each having large gardens, including woodland and some arable land. Casterbridge was purchased in 1952 for council housing by the London County Council, who at the same time purchased the nearby Drakecourt, built in 1905, which was converted as an old people's home with Brooklands Primary School built over its gardens. The Brooklands Park Estate of 7 5-storey blocks and low terraces was built over the Casterbridge land, the blocks set within large areas of grassland, the landscape treatment retaining the ornamental lake and mature trees such as weeping willow, oak and copper beech. Its name recalls another of the large houses in the area, Brooklands House, which was built in 1827 designed for his own use by George Smith, architect of the Morden Estate, now later divided into flats.
Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 2: South (Penguin) 1999, p278; Andrew Saint (introduction), 'London Suburbs', Merrell Holberton Publishers 1999; Urban Practitioners for LB Greenwich 'Blackheath Park Conservation Area Appraisal (Draft)', November 2009