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Avenue Park Hounslow
   
Summary: Avenue Park was once part of the grounds of Avenue House, a fine C18th house which was demolished in 1949. It adjoins Cranford Community Park, which lies on the other side of the River Crane. The grounds were requisitioned during WWII after which Heston and Isleworth Borough Council took possession of the property and spent over £10,000 on its layout for a public park, which included a rest garden and children's playground. In the north end of the present park is a woodland area, and trees bordering the Crane river include oak, ash, willow and alder.
Previous / Other name: Avenue House Grounds
Site location: High Street, Cranford
Postcode: TW5 > Google Map
Type of site: Public Park
Date(s): C18th, 1948-52; 1954
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
Borough: Hounslow
Site ownership: LB Hounslow
Site management: John Laing Integrated Services; Friends Group
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: 8am - dusk
Special conditions:
Facilities: play areas, tennis, football pitches
Events:
Public transport: Tube: Hounslow East (Piccadilly) then bus. Bus: 105, 111
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.hounslow.gov.uk

Fuller information:

Avenue House was once the residence of John Graham, a barrister related to the Scottish Montrose family, who was a friend of the artist George Morland and the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan, who lived at Lacy House in Isleworth. The grounds once had a fine avenue of oak trees, a number of which had been grown from acorns taken from the crops of pheasants that Sheridan had shot at his estate at Polsden in Surrey and sent to John Graham in 1808. A plaque to this effect was uncovered on an ivy-covered arch while the park was being laid out. Although the archway had to be pulled down due to its dilapidated condition, three of the oak trees remained of the avenue when the park was opened as Avenue House Grounds in 5 April 1952. Before the speeches were completed 'sixty small girls and boys dashed along the pathway and stormed the kiddies' playground'. In August 1954, in the year which saw the breaking of the 4-minute mile, the Council opened its first Sports Arena on land adjoining Avenue House Grounds, costing c.£2,000 to construct, but this was eventually closed in 1972.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England London 3: North West' (Penguin, 1999 edition); Middlesex Chronicle 21 March 1952 & 11 April 1952; A C Marshall, 'Further Cranford Cameos' in Ratepayers' Association Magazine, August 1936
Grid ref: TQ102773
Size in hectares: 15.76
   
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
No
 
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: Cranford Village
Tree Preservation Order: No
Nature Conservation Area: Yes - Borough Importance I (River Crane in north)
Green Belt: Yes
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation: Key Park
   

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