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Church Lane Playing Fields Merton
Summary: Church Lane Playing Field is north of St Mary's Church and has C17th and C18th enclosing walls, probably those of a C17th house, Merton Place, which was later Church House. It was demolished in the 1920s and replaced by two houses. The site is grassland with trees generally around the perimeter, with a few recently planted scattered trees and an old mulberry near the entrance gate on Church Lane.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: Church Lane/Church Path, Merton Park
Postcode: SW19 > Google Map
Type of site: Public Open Land
Listed structures: LBII: Garden wall enclosing 4 sides of playing field, iron gate and overthrow
Borough: Merton
Site ownership: LB Merton
Site management: Leisure and Culture Services; Merton Park First School
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: Mon - Fri 8am - dusk; Sat/Sun/Bank holidays 9am - dusk
Special conditions:
Public transport: Tube: South Wimbledon (Northern), Wimbledon (District). Rail: South Merton, Wimbledon then bus. Tramlink: Merton Park. Bus: K5
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/06/2011
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Fuller information:

Church Lane Playing Fields are used as an educational resource. Merton Park First School established a Nature Area here in 1985, adding the pond in 1987, which is managed by the school's Science Co-ordinator.

Sources consulted:

LB Merton Parks Archive; Ian Yarham, Dave Dawson, Martin Boyle, Rebecca Holliday 'Nature Conservation in Merton' Ecology Handbook 29, London Ecology Unit 1998
Grid ref: TQ250695
Size in hectares: 1.82
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: John Innes Merton Park
Tree Preservation Order: No
Nature Conservation Area: Yes - Local Importance
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: Yes - Archaeological Priority Zone
Other LA designation: Public Open Space

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