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Church Street Gardens Hackney
Summary: Church Street Gardens existed as a shrubbery maintained by Stoke Newington Borough Council in the early C20th, but was laid out as a garden in 1953 in celebration of the Queen's Coronation. A small oval garden with grass, circular rose bed and ornamental trees surrounded by low walling, it is situated opposite the ancient parish church of St Mary and adjacent to the newer church, built to accommodate the growing parish.
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Site location: Stoke Newington Church Street/Spensley Walk
Postcode: N16 > Google Map
Type of site: Public Gardens
Date(s): late C19th/early C20th; 1953
Listed structures:
Borough: Hackney
Site ownership: LB Hackney
Site management: Parks Department
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted
Special conditions:
Public transport: Tube: Manor House (Piccadilly) then bus; Angel (Northern) then bus. Bus 73, 141, 171A.
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/06/2010
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Fuller information:

Listed in the 1928 Report of the Royal Commission on London Squares as a shrubbery maintained by Stoke Newington Borough Council, this small oval 'village green' was later laid out in 1953 to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, at the same time as the Albion Road/Clissold Crescent Triangle (q.v.). Both are now preserved under The London Squares Act 1931. It is situated adjacent to the new St Mary's Church of Stoke Newington and opposite St Mary's Old Church (q.v.) and Clissold Park (q.v.) and has a Metropolitan Cattle Trough. It is a small oval garden, surrounded by a low wall, with a circular rose bed but otherwise laid to grass, surrounded by flowering cherry trees, some of them purple-leafed variety.

Sources consulted:

'Clissold Park', Abney Park Cemetery Trust, 1997; Report of the Royal Commission on London Squares, 1928
Grid ref: TQ328863
Size in hectares: 0.036
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: Yes
Conservation Area name: Clissold Park
Tree Preservation Order: No
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: Yes - Area of Archaeological Priority
Other LA designation: London Square

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