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Deptford Park Lewisham
Summary: Located near the river, the site was once market gardens on the estate owned by the Evelyn family, and was particularly famous for its onions, celery and asparagus. In 1884 the land was purchased for a public park by the LCC, who paid two-thirds of the purchase cost. Deptford Park was opened on 7 June 1897 by the LCC Chairman, Dr W J Collins. The layout was by Lt Col J J Sexby, Chief Officer of the Parks Department, and included several built features that no longer survive. The entrance on Evelyn Street has iron gates and railings and a short avenue of London plane trees, and the structural planting and design is largely intact with a perimeter walk, and perimeter planting of mature London planes.
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Site location: Evelyn Street/Scawen Road/Grinstead Road, Deptford
Postcode: SE8 > Google Map
Type of site: Public Park
Date(s): 1897
Designer(s): LCC: Lt Col J J Sexby
Listed structures:
Borough: Lewisham
Site ownership: LB Lewisham
Site management: Greenscene Department, Glendale Grounds Management
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: closed dusk
Special conditions:
Facilities: Play area, football pitches
Events: Easter Egg hunt, theatre productions
Public transport: Rail: Deptford then bus. London Overground: Surrey Quays then bus. Bus: 47, 188, 199.
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.

Fuller information:

Deptford Park was transferred from the GLC to London Borough of Lewisham in 1971. The central area has been dug up, evidently for all-weather pitches; there are a number of rose beds by the play area, flowering cherries among other trees and C20th brick-built conveniences with coat of arms. In the 1990s improvements were carried out in two phases under Deptford City Challenge. Phase 1 included new railings and gates with brick piers, and in phase 2 a new playground was provided together with a formal paved area with seats and planting.

Sources consulted:

Dedication of Deptford Park, 1897; Lt Col J J Sexby 'The Municipal Parks, Gardens and Open Spaces of London', 1898; Document for Glendale/LB Lewisham Parks Conference 11 March 2000; Deptford Park: a brief guide (LB Lewisham Leisure, n.d.)
Grid ref: TQ360782
Size in hectares: 7.07
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: No
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: Yes - Area of Archaelogical Priority
Other LA designation: Public Open Space

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