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Bellingham Green and the Bellingham Green Lewisham

Summary

The Bellingham Estate is a large LCC housing estate built for railway workers on former farmland between railway lines, which was once near the hamlet of Southend and was still rural until the 1920s. Largely completed by 1923, the estate is laid out on cottage-style principles on a semi-formal plan with Bellingham Green as a central open space onto which 6 tree-lined roads converge. Other landscaping on the estate includes avenues of trees, grassed areas, and playing fields. In 2001 Bellingham Green was renovated after years of neglect.

Basic Details

Site location:
Southend Lane to south; Grangemill/Knapmill to north

Postcode:
SE6 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Housing/Estate Landscaping

Date(s):
1920-36

Designer(s):
LCC

Listed structures:
None

Borough:
Lewisham

Site ownership:
LB Lewisham

Site management:
Greenscene Department, Glendale Grounds Management

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
Bellingham Green: 8am - sunset. Estate has open access to public areas

Special conditions:

Facilities:
Play area, ball court, multi-sports courts, dog exercise area

Events:

Public transport:
Rail: Bellingham

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.lewisham.gov.uk/inmyarea/openspaces/parks

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ374720

Size in hectares:

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:
Not known

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
Yes - Area of Archaeological Priority

Other LA designation:
Public Open Space

Fuller information

St Dunstan's Church on Bellingham Green was built in 1925, designed by Sir Charles Nicholson. The names of some of the roads on the Bellingham Estate recall the former mills on the River Ravensbourne, such as Knapmill, Grangemill, Fordmill. The streets beyond Southend Lane were not completed until 1936 and the original scheme of over 2,000 houses has since been expanded. The Green formerly had a sculpture 'Sunstone' by Hamish Horsley, commissioned in 1985 by Lewisham Council through Public Art Development Trust, but is no longer in place. In 2001 Bellingham Green was renovated after years of neglect. It was re-opened by Dave Sullivan, the Mayor of Lewisham, with Father Paul Butler blessing the new park, described in Lewisham Council documents as 'transformed and [. . . ] a beacon for effective regeneration and consultation'. The new layout included new play facilities, seating, landscaping with rocks, shrubs, and pergolas near the south entrance. A circular area with grass in the centre surrounded by stone globes may be the former site of Hamish Horsley's sculpture, which was much vandalised from the time of its commission. Bellingham Green was refurbished in 2003 and won a Green Flag Award in 2008.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 2: South (Penguin, 1999); John Archer, Ian Yarham, 'Nature Conservation in Lewisham', Ecology Handbook 30, (London Ecology Unit, 2000); Darrell Spurgeon 'Discovering Sydenham and Catford', (Greenwich Guide-Books, 1999)

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