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Bessingby Park and Pine Gardens, and Cavendish Recreation Ground Hillingdon

Summary

Cavendish Pavilion was built in 1914 for Debenhams store as a staff recreation centre in what was then open countryside. It is now Cavendish Recreation Ground with formal rose gardens to the south of the building. An area of hillocky, semi-natural ground separates the recreation ground from the adjacent Bessingby Park and Pine Gardens, which were laid out in the mid-C20th.

Basic Details

Site location:
Bessingby Road/Springfield Gardens/Field End Road, Ruislip Manor

Postcode:
HA4 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Public Park

Date(s):
1914; mid-C20th

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
LB: Cavendish Pavilion

Borough:
Hillingdon

Site ownership:
LB Hillingdon

Site management:
Green Spaces Team

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
unrestricted

Special conditions:

Facilities:
playgrounds, tennis courts, bowling green

Events:

Public transport:
Tube: Eastcote, Ruislip Manor then bus (Metropolitan, Piccadilly). Bus: 114

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/11/2005
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.hillingdon.gov.uk

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ110870

Size in hectares:
13.86 (BF: 8.05; SCG 5.80)

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

Local Authority Data

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:
No

In Conservation Area:
No

Tree Preservation Order:
No

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
None

Fuller information

Bessingby Park to the south was laid out as part of mid-C20th council housing development and is dominated by playing fields, but includes modern planting of flowering trees and a straight east-west walk lined with pink hawthorns from the entrance on Bessingby Road. There are 2 flowerbeds along the walk and some willows that may predate the municipal layout; the entrance has iron gate piers and gates and a bungalow lodge. There is another wildlife area is near the playground of Bessingby Park. Cavendish Pavilion on Field End Road has half-timbered detail, the house now leased. To the front it has a lawn to the road, and to the rear a central covered terrace looks onto rose gardens with geometric beds and paths.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England London 3: North West' (Penguin, 1999 edition)

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