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Athelstan Recreation Ground Kingston

Summary

Athelstan Recreation Ground is an interwar park laid out on former fields as the area south of Kingston town centre was being developed from the early C20th. Its name recalls the Anglo-Saxon King Athelstan, who was crowned at Kingston in 925 AD. The town gets its name for once being the residence of Surrey under-kings, as well as of King John, and reputedly 7 Saxon kings were crowned here although this number is disputed.

Basic Details

Previous / Other name:
King Athelstan Recreation Ground

Site location:
Villiers Road/Athelstan Road, Kingston

Postcode:
KT1 3AY ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Public Park

Date(s):
1930s

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
None

Borough:
Kingston

Site ownership:
RB Kingston

Site management:
Grounds maintenance contractor: Quadron Services Ltd

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
unrestricted

Special conditions:

Facilities:
Playground, football, toilets

Events:

Public transport:
Bus: K1, K4

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/04/2012
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.kingston.gov.uk/browse/environment/parks/recreation_sites

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ188685

Size in hectares:
1.22

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:
Yes - Area of Archaeological Significance

Other LA designation:
Local Open Space

Fuller information

Villiers Road was an old route formerly known as Oil Mill Lane, and Oil Mills are marked on the OS Map of 1868 just north of the Hogsmill River (q.v.). Disused by the 1890s, the site was later a soap and candle works, and by 1934 was Kingston Corporation Depot. By this time the recreation ground had been laid out, with lavatories near the north-west corner forming the only built structure shown on the OS of 1934. By the late 1940s there was large square playground area in the north east corner, with a drinking fountain in one corner, near the middle of the park, and a shelter midway along the south perimeter with the the name shown as Athelstan Recreation Ground. Athelstan House has been built to the east on Athelstan Road. The London Loop runs through the park.

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