With the adjacent Wood Green Common, Avenue Gardens is part of a chain of green spaces running north and linking to Nightingale Gardens and Trinity Gardens. An irregularly shaped open area between C19th terraces, it was laid out as public gardens between 1864-94 on former rural open space with serpentine paths, shrubberies, trees and some formal beds. The original path layout remains almost intact today.
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Avenue Gardens is part of a chain of green spaces, 4.6 hectares altogether, which run north linking with Nightingale Gardens and Trinity Gardens (q.q.v.). Formerly rural open space, it was laid out as public gardens between 1864-94 flanked by the C19th terraces adjoining Nightingale Gardens to the north. The gardens had serpentine paths, shrubberies, trees and some formal beds. The original path layout remains almost intact today, winding through undulating grass-covered terrain, which is mounded up to nearly 3m above path level where shrubberies had been planted. There are informal groups of mature trees that include lime, Robinia pseudoacacia, holly, yew, Ailanthus, beech, prunus, horse chestnut, Quercus ilex and sycamore, and remnants of rockwork are also found in the gardens.
Adjacent to the small area south of Park Avenue is a brick culvert for the New River, Wood Green Tunnel, which was completed by 1859. The tunnel was 12 feet wide and 1,100 yards in length, and was built when the New River was re-aligned in order to cut off a detour. To the south of the site are the remains of the former Hornsey Waterworks, also dating from 1859.
Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 4: North (Penguin, 1998); Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners Ltd, 'Wood Green Common Conservation Area Character Appraisal' (LB Haringey, 2008)