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Leathermarket Gardens Southwark

Summary

Leathermarket Gardens were laid out in the 1930s overlooked by flats of the same period. The garden derives its name from the leather market and tanneries that existed here and on the north side is an early C19th leather warehouse. To the east end of the garden is a rectangular sunken area with formal layout of beds. In the central area, separated by a low brick wall, is a raised circular rose garden surrounded by lawn with ornamental trees, behind which is a quiet garden planted with trees and grass, shielded by privet. Adjacent to the west of the gardens is a children's playground. The gardens have been re-landscaped with EH and other funding and are now surrounded by new railings.

Basic Details

Previous / Other name:
Leathermarket Gardens Nature Park

Site location:
Leathermarket Street/Weston Street

Postcode:
SE1 ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Public Gardens

Date(s):
c.1930

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
LBII: Leathermarket warehouses (Nos. 2 and 4 Leathermarket Street)

Borough:
Southwark

Site ownership:
LB Southwark

Site management:
Parks; Leathermarket Joint Management Board

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
unrestricted

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:

Public transport:
Rail/Tube: London Bridge (Northern, Jubilee). Tube: Borough (Northern). Bus: 381.

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. www.southwark.gov.uk/parks

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ331796

Size in hectares:
1.156

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:
Yes

Conservation Area name:
Bermondsey Street

Tree Preservation Order:
No

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
Local Park, Tier Two

Leathermarket Gardens

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Fuller information

Sources consulted:

John Archer, Bob Britton, Robert Burley, Tony Hare, Ian Yarham, 'Nature Conservation in Southwark' Ecology Handbook 12, London Ecology Unit, 1989; Southwark Listed Buildings data

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