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Rectory Meadow Hounslow
Summary: The Manor of Hanworth is referred in the Domesday Book and in the C15th was owned by the Crown. In 1519 Henry VIII gave it to the Rector of St George's Hanworth. Rectory Meadow, part of land owned by the Rector, was purchased under the auspices of the Middlesex County Council in 1946/48 for public open space, although discussions had begun in 1939. Hanworth Borough Council received a grant from King George's Fields Foundation towards the park, which opened in 1953.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: Park Road/Country Way
Postcode: TW13 > Google Map
Type of site: Public Open Land
Date(s): 1948-53
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: tennis courts, bowling green, football, toilets
Public transport: Rail: Feltham then bus. Bus: H25, 290, 111
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update
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Fuller information:

The Domesday Book records that in 1086 the Manor of Hanworth was owned by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel; in 1294 two-thirds of the manor was owned by Wallingford and the remainder by the Abbot and Convent of Westminster. In the C15th the manor was in the ownership of the Crown and in 1519 Henry VIII gave it to the Rector of St George's Church (q.v.). Rectory Meadow was part of land owned by the Rector and in 1946/8 it was purchased under the auspices of the Middlesex County Council for public open space. Discussions about purchasing the land had begun in 1939 and it was finally sold for £10,000 and opened to the public in 1953, with football, cricket, bowling, tennis and putting greens. Hanworth Borough Council received a grant of £3,500 from King George's Fields Foundation. The Foundation, set up following King George's death in 1936, provided funding for the creation or improvement of a great many playing fields. The Changing Rooms have recently been upgraded by Hanworth Villa and converted into a social centre.

Sources consulted:

LB Hounslow Park Archives; Feltham Guide, c.1960; Sir Clifford Radcliffe 'Middlesex', Evan Brothers Ltd, (c.1950)
Grid ref: TQ116717
Size in hectares: 5.10
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: Not known
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: Yes
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: Yes - SRB
Other LA designation: Local Park

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