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Faraday Gardens Southwark
   
Summary: Faraday Gardens opened in July 1905. The land was originally part of St Peter's Churchyard, which became a public garden in 1895. The Ecclesiastical Commissioners set aside this area for public recreation when they were developing the area. The gardens were named after the chemist and physicist Michael Faraday, who was born in Newington Butts in 1791 and lived in the area.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: Portland Street
Postcode: SE17 > Google Map
Type of site: Public Gardens
Date(s): 1905
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
Borough: Southwark
Site ownership: LB Southwark
Site management: Parks
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: 7.30am - sunset
Special conditions:
Facilities: Playgrounds, courts
Events:
Public transport: Rail/Tube: Elephant & Castle (Northern, Bakerloo) then bus. Bus: 12, 35, 40, 45, 68, 171, 176, 468.
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/02/2011
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.southwark.gov.uk

Fuller information:

The land was originally part of St Peter's Churchyard (q.v.), which became a public garden in 1895; Faraday Gardens opened in July 1905. The freeholders, Ecclesiastical Commissioners, formed Faraday Gardens in 1905 when they were developing their land and set aside this area for public recreation and gave it to the Metropolitan Borough of Southwark who laid out a playground. The gardens were named after Michael Faraday, chemist and physicist famous for work with electricity and magnetism who lived in the area and was born in Newington Butts in 1791. He died in 1867 and is buried at Highgate Cemetery (q.v.). He is also commemorated locally by the central stainless steel sculptural feature at Elephant and Castle that masks a London Transport electricity sub-station. Trees in the park include wild cherry, lime, Norway maple, plum cherry, Italian alder, hornbeam, false acacia.

Sources consulted:

LB Southwark Archive; John Beasley, 'Southwark Remembered' (Tempus Publishing, 2001) p75; London Parks and Open Spaces, London County Council 1924
Grid ref: TQ325782
Size in hectares: 1.224
   
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
No
 
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: Liverpool Grove
Tree Preservation Order: Not known
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation: Local Park, Tier Two
   

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