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Bedfont Recreation Ground Hounslow
Summary: The Bedfont area remained rural until the mid C20th and had formerly been used for agriculture and market gardening, with numerous cherry orchards here. From the 1950s council housing began to be developed over the land. Bedfont Recreation Ground was laid out by the 1930s with surrounding land used for allotments and orchards. By 1960 there were facilities for football, cricket, bowls and tennis, with a paddling pool and playground. It has been the ground for Bedfont Football Club, who later leased the ground, renovating the pavilion and improving its facilities.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: Hatton Road, Bedfont
Postcode: TW14 9QS > Google Map
Type of site: Public Park
Date(s): 1930s
Listed structures:
Borough: Hounslow
Site ownership: LB Hounslow
Site management: John Laing Integrated Services
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: 8am - dusk
Special conditions:
Facilities: cricket, tennis, play area, car park
Public transport: Rail: Feltham then bus. Tube: Hatton Cross (Piccadilly) then bus. Bus: 203, H25, H26.
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.

Fuller information:

Robin Rendell in 'A Bedfont Teenager in the 1950s' recollects that 'playing at Bedfont Recreation Ground was just like playing at Wembley'. The OS Map of 1963 shows the recreation ground as a rectangular space, still with fields and old cart tracks around it, and having tennis courts, bowling green, playground and two ponds, with a main path leading from the entrance on Hatton Road flanked by an avenue of trees to the pavilion, with sports field behind. Bedfont Football Club, which has been in existence since the C19th, played at various local sites, including Bedfont Green (q.v.) and Rectory Meadow (q.v.) in Hanworth, and later on Bedfont Recreation Ground, which it now leases. The club has taken over the pavilion and renovated it, and among new facilities are pitch and putt.

Sources consulted:

Feltham Guide c.1960
Grid ref: TQ093746
Size in hectares: 5.42
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: Yes
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation: Local Park

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