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Donkey Wood Hounslow
Summary: Donkey Wood is part of Crane Valley Park, with Brazil Mill Woods to the south. It may have got its name from the donkeys that used to carry materials to and from the Gunpowder Mills along the River Crane from the C17th until 1926, when the mills were finally closed down. Towards the north of Donkey Wood are remains of the high earth mounds created around the mill buildings where the gunpowder was dried and stored as protection from explosions, which were common and sometimes devastating. The charcoal was probably burnt in Donkey Wood where alder and willow were common.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: Staines Road (Baber Bridge)/River Gardens
Postcode: TW4 > Google Map
Type of site: Public Open Land
Listed structures:
Borough: Hounslow
Site ownership: LB Hounslow
Site management: John Laing Integrated Services
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted
Special conditions:
Public transport: Rail: Feltham then bus. Heathrow West, Hatton Cross (Piccadilly) then bus. Bus: 116, 117, 235
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:

Various remains of the old mills can be found near the Duke of Northumberland's River at the southern end of the wood near Baber Bridge, including a runner stone used to crush the saltpetre, charcoal and sulphur to produce the mill cake that finally formed gunpowder.

Sources consulted:

Donkey Wood information leaflet, LB Hounslow
Grid ref: TQ111746
Size in hectares: 6.07
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: Yes - Metropolitan Importance
Green Belt: Yes
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: Yes - SRB
Other LA designation: Local Park

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