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Somerset Gardens Lewisham

Summary

Originally called Beaufort Gardens, Somerset Gardens is a close of mid C19th houses facing onto an oval area of grass with some trees, including a number of conifers, which acts as a communal green space. In 1928 the site was owned by James Staite Murray and Samuel Murray who maintained it for use as a tennis court by tenants of the surrounding houses. At the end of the close is a fine detached house; the groups of houses either side are of differing styles, gable-fronted with iron verandas or classically restrained facades.

Basic Details

Previous / Other name:
Beaufort Gardens

Site location:
Somerset Gardens, off Loampit Vale

Postcode:
SE13 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Garden Square

Date(s):
mid C19th

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
None

Borough:
Lewisham

Site ownership:
private

Site management:

Open to public?
Partially

Opening times:
private (but roadway has access)

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
DLR: Lewisham. Rail: Lewisham, St John's.

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/03/2003
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ375761

Size in hectares:
0.109

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:
Somerset Gardens

Tree Preservation Order:
Not known

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
None

Fuller information

According to the Report of the Royal Commission on London Squares (1928): 'The money received for the use of the enclosure for tennis goes a small way towards keeping the enclosure in order' but the owners 'think that the enclosure should bring in more money per annum as they had to buy it'. It was described as a rectangular site enclosed with posts and chain, laid out as tennis courts with a few trees around the border.

Sources consulted:

UDP Conservation Area notes; Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 2: South (Penguin) 1999; Report of the Royal Commission on London Squares (1928)

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