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Brenchley Gardens Southwark
Summary: Brenchley Gardens are named after Alderman William Brenchley JP, Chair of the Borough of Camberwell Public Services Committee. The linear gardens were opened in 1928, laid out on a steeply sloping site with a sunken garden and ornamental displays. The old track bed of the Crystal Palace High Level Railway was incorporated into the garden after its closure in 1954. At that time the rockery / shrubbery overlooking Forest Hill Road was created at the south end and the track-bed provided a glade alongside the original area of the park. Recent improvements have included restoration of the 'Sunken Garden', the railings have been repainted and part of the granite embankment walling has been replaced. Adjacent is the Aquarius Golf Course and the Waterworks.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: Brenchley Gardens/Forest Hill Road
Postcode: SE22 > Google Map
Type of site: Public Gardens
Date(s): 1928; 1954
Listed structures:
Borough: Southwark
Site ownership: LB Southwark
Site management: Parks
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted
Special conditions:
Public transport: London Overground: Honor Oak Park. Bus: P12, 63.
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:

Sources consulted:

Darrell Spurgeon, 'Discover Sydenham and Catford', (Greenwich Guide-books, 1999); LB Southwark Allotments and Park Gardens leaflet.
Grid ref: TQ353743
Size in hectares: 2.797
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: Yes - (proposed) Local (Copse)
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: Yes
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation: Gardens, Tier Two. Green Chain Walk

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