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Grove Crescent Southwark
Summary: This is a long narrow garden that separates the C19th houses of Grove Crescent from Camberwell Grove. Prior to becoming a road, this was an avenue of trees called Walnut Tree Grove, which led from an old Manor House of Camberwell Buckingham to the top of the hill. The manor house was demolished in 1776 when the estate was sold and the area began to be developed. It became popular among well-to-do people, with many fine houses built here.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: Camberwell Grove/Grove Crescent
Postcode: SE5 > Google Map
Type of site: Housing/Estate Landscaping
Date(s): 1819
Listed structures: LBII: Grove Crescent (169-183 Camberwell Grove) and attached railings
Borough: Southwark
Site ownership: private
Site management:
Open to public? No
Opening times: private, but visible
Special conditions:
Public transport: Rail: Denmark Hill.
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/04/2002
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Fuller information:

The fine houses of Grove Crescent, 4 linked pairs of houses with wrought iron railings in front, were built in 1819 by William Whitten, a solicitor who had bought the estate of Dr Lettsom, part of whose once extensive grounds survive as Lettsom Gardens (q.v.). A print from the sale catalogue of 1836 shows the crescent fronted by an open area of grass, with some shrubs and post and railings.

Sources consulted:

Mary Boast, The Story of Camberwell, LB Southwark Neighbourhood History No. 1, 1996
Grid ref: TQ331761
Size in hectares: 0.1094
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: Camberwell Grove
Tree Preservation Order: Not known
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation: London Squares Preservation Act

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