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Dulwich Library Gardens Southwark

Summary

Dulwich Library was built on a site given by the Estates' Governors of Alleyn's College of God's Gift. A donation by philanthropist John Passmore Edwards paid for the building, and the foundation stone was laid by Sir Henry Irving. An additional sum was provided by Camberwell Vestry who laid out the surrounding land as a public garden. Dulwich Library was opened on 24 November 1897 by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Halsbury. The railed garden has some ornamental planting, rose beds and areas of lawn, with trees and shrubs on the perimeter.

Basic Details

Site location:
Lordship Lane

Postcode:
SE22 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Public Gardens

Date(s):
1897

Designer(s):
Library: R P Whellock

Listed structures:
None

Borough:
Southwark

Site ownership:
LB Southwark

Site management:
Parks

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
as for library opening times

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
Bus: 12, 40, 176, 185

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/02/2010
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.southwark.gov.uk/parks

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ339739

Size in hectares:
0.339

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:
No

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:
No

Tree Preservation Order:
Not known

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
Tier Three

Fuller information

Dulwich Library was designed by R P Whellock and cost £5,800, to which the philanthropist John Passmore Edwards donated £5,000. The remaining £800 was paid by Camberwell Vestry who laid out the surrounding land as a public garden. Passmore Edwards donated money for 70 free libraries, hospitals and convalescent homes throughout the UK, including Nunhead Library which opened in 1896. The foundation stone was laid by Sir Henry Irving and Dulwich Library was opened on 24 November 1897 by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Halsbury who had presided over the production of the 'Laws of England'. The garden has some ornamental planting with palms along side of library building and a few rose beds otherwise the gardens are lawns with trees and shrubs on perimeter.

Sources consulted:

John D Beasley, 'Southwark Remembered', Tempus Publishing, 2001; L'The London County Council and what it does for London: London Parks and Open Spaces' (Hodder & Stoughton, 1924)

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