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Conduit Head Greenwich
Summary: To the west of Avery Hill Park and behind Holy Trinity Church and adjacent housing, is a small area of public open space that contains remmants of the medieval brick Conduit Head, which once housed a weir arrangement controlling the supply of water to the moat at Eltham Palace, later used to provide water to the palace itself. The small site consists of open amenity grass, with some perimeter trees.
Previous / Other name: Conduit Meadow
Site location: off Southend Crescent, Eltham
Postcode: SE9 > Google Map
Type of site: Public Open Land
Listed structures: LBII: Conduit Head. LBC: Holy Trinity Church
Borough: Greenwich
Site ownership: RB Greenwich
Site management: Parks and Open Spaces Department
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted
Special conditions:
Public transport: Rail: Eltham then bus; New Eltham then bus. Bus: 132, 162, 286, B13.
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/12/2006
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Fuller information:

The remains of the old conduit in Conduit Meadow near Holy Trinity Church is recorded in R R C Gregory's 'The Story of Royal Eltham' in 1909. Gregory describes how the water was originally brought to the reservoir here through wooden pipes from a spring in the Warren, and from the conduit it was 'conveyed to all the houses of the Crown. It was first conducted to "Step-stile" house and gardens, thence through the Park, supplying on its way the Mansion, thence, by way of what is now the "Chestnuts" it went to the Palace. By means of branches it supplied the old houses about the Court Yard.' The old conduit was discarded in 1838 when a new conduit was built with iron replacing the wooden ones. Holy Trinity Church was erected in 1889, designed by G L Street.

Sources consulted:

See for reproduction of R R C Gregory's 'The Story of Royal Eltham' (1909)
Grid ref: TQ435742
Size in hectares: 0.01225
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
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: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: abuts Area of Special Character of Metropolitan Imp
Other LA designation: Green Chain; Green Chain Walk

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