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Fieldend Richmond
Summary: Eric Lyons' Span developments were built from the late 1950s, particularly in Twickenham and Petersham, with a governing principle being to set the housing amidst gentle landscaping with trees planted, communal lawns, and courtyard gardens. Fieldend was built in 1961, a development of 51 weather-boarded terrace houses with private gardens arranged informally among landscaping that has silver birches, grass areas and shrubs. The estate was described by Nikolaus Pevsner as 'now the most sylvan of all Span developments in London'.
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Site location: Field End, off Waldegrave Park, Teddington
Postcode: TW1 > Google Map
Type of site: Housing/Estate Landscaping
Date(s): 1961
Designer(s): Eric Lyons / Ivor Cunningham (Span Developments Ltd)
Listed structures:
Borough: Richmond
Site ownership: private
Site management:
Open to public? No
Opening times: private
Special conditions:
Public transport: Rail: Strawberry Hill. Bus: 33.
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/03/2004
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Fuller information:

The Span development consortium grew from the partnership formed in 1938 by architects Eric Lyons (1912-80) and Geoffrey Paulson Townsend who embraced Modernist ideology. In the late 1940s the partnership evolved whereby Townsend would act as developer, acquiring the site for a housing scheme that Lyons would then design. In 1957 Townsend acquired a company, Span, and this led to the establishment of Span Developments Ltd, which also included builder and developer Leslie Bilsby, who had worked with such Modernist architects as Erno Goldfinger and Denys Lasdun. In 1955 Eric Cunningham had joined Lyons' architectural team and became particularly responsible for the design of the landscaping for the schemes, the partnership becoming the Eric Lyons Cunningham Partnership in 1963. The Span schemes were often set within existing planting, for example the Parkleys Estate (q.v.) in Ham is sited on a former nursery. Part of the ethos was to engender a communal spirit whereby the residents took responsibility for the overall environment and initially nearly all Span schemes were originally leasehold properties, Span remaining ground landlord, with tenants covenanted to keep the estate in good order. Maintenance of communal areas was undertaken through residents' management committees.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 2: South (Penguin) 1999
Grid ref: TQ158717
Size in hectares: 2.06
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: No
Other LA designation:

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