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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.
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
Listed structures:
Borough: Lewisham
Site ownership: private
Site management:
Open to public? Partially
Opening times: private (but roadway has access)
Special conditions:
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.

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)
Grid ref: TQ375761
Size in hectares: 0.109
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: 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:

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