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Rush Common Lambeth
Summary: This former commonland was allocated under an 1810 Enclosure Award to landowners in Lambeth Manor, and was partly used to form new roads. Rush Common today is a series of landscaped areas with grass, paths and trees, with a Tree Trail marked out in the south. A number of old trees may predate the 1810 enclosure. There are areas of private gardens that form part of the linear landscape, including those for residents of Tudor Close and Raleigh Gardens.
Previous / Other name: Rushey Common
Site location: Brixton Hill/Brixton Road
Postcode: SW2 > Google Map
Type of site: Public Open Land
Listed structures:
Borough: Lambeth
Site ownership: LB Lambeth
Site management: Environment Directorate, Parks and Greenspaces Unit (Team Lambeth). Friends of Streatham Common
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted (apart from areas within private ownership, such as Tudor Close and Raleigh Gardens for residents' only)
Special conditions:
Facilities: Children's play area on Rush Common North
Public transport: Tube: Brixton (Victoria) then bus. Rail: Brixton, Streatham Hill then bus. Bus: 45, 59, 109, 118, 133
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/09/2009
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Fuller information:

The Rush Common Act of 1806 forbade building on the land although St Matthew's Church (q.v.) was built on part of the common, as was the Tate Central Library and Brixton Theatre. Two parts of the common preserved as public open space are Tate Library Garden (q.v.) and the St Matthew's Church Gardens (q.v.) and Windrush Square is a recent green space. Land on the east side of Brixton Hill was acquired by LB Lambeth. The nature trail in Rush Common extends to Max Roach Park, a new park named after the famous American jazz percussionist, drummer and composter who died in 2007.

Sources consulted:

Marie Draper 'Lambeth's Open Spaces, An historical account', (LB Lambeth, 1979); Ian Yarham, Michael Waite, Andrew Simpson, Niall Machin, 'Nature Conservation in Lambeth', Ecology Handbook 26 (London Ecology Unit, 1994)
Grid ref: TQ308747
Size in hectares: 3.8 (3.71 Rush Common)
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: Yes
Conservation Area name: CA
Tree Preservation Order: No
Nature Conservation Area: Yes - Local Importance
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation: Rush Common Land. Park

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