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Grafton Square Lambeth

Summary

Grafton Square was developed in 1851 by Captain Thomas Ross; there remain grand terraces on two sides of the garden square with smaller houses on the third side. The fourth side was never built and is now a relatively quiet street. Originally the central garden was railed and planted with shrubs but in 1927 it was let to a Mr A Botting for use as a local tennis club, which had exclusive access. The garden came into public ownership in 1953 at that time within the LB Wandsworth, but it is now within LB Lambeth following borough boundary changes in 1965. It has subsequently been laid out with seats, a shelter and play area now having modern railings. The southern part has a large tarmaced area for a playground, otherwise the site is grassed with a path and a number of trees.

Basic Details

Site location:
Grafton Square

Postcode:
SW4 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Garden Square; Public Gardens

Date(s):
1851; 1953

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
LBII: Grafton Square terraces

Borough:
Lambeth

Site ownership:
LB Lambeth

Site management:
Environment Directorate, Parks and Greenspaces Unit (Team Lambeth)

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
7.30am - 15 minutes before sunset

Special conditions:

Facilities:
children's play area

Events:

Public transport:
Tube: Clapham Common (Northern). Rail: Clapham High Street

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/06/2011
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.lambeth.gov.uk

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ293755

Size in hectares:
0.31

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:
Yes

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:
Yes

Conservation Area name:
Clapham

Tree Preservation Order:
Yes - 1 by Clapham Congretational church

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
Protected London Square. Open Space

Fuller information

Sources consulted:

Marie Draper 'Lambeth's Open Spaces, An historical account', LB Lambeth 1979; Report of the Royal Commission on London Squares, 1928; Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 2: South (Penguin) 1999

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