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Fountain Road Recreation Ground Wandsworth
   
Summary: Fountain Road Recreation Ground was laid out in 1932 as part of the adjacent Council housing development of Anderson House. The site had once been a clay quarry for brickworks, replaced in 1898 when the Council's 'dust destructor' was built here, the scheme for disposing of rubbish by incineration. The 153 foot high chimney was eventually demolished on 30 October 1930 and the recreation ground was laid out through a scheme for the relief of unemployment. It was partly grassed with the remainder paved and provided with see-saws and swings.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: Fountain Road/Alston Road/Bertal Road, Tooting
Postcode: SW17 > Google Map
Type of site: Public Park
Date(s): 1932
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
Borough: Wandsworth
Site ownership: LB Wandsworth
Site management: Parks Service
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: 8am - dusk
Special conditions:
Facilities: Playground, games area
Events:
Public transport: Tube: Tooting Broadway (Northern) then bus. Bus: 44, 77, 155, 270, 280, G1
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/05/2007
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.wandsworth.gov.uk/homepage/41/parks_and_open_spaces

Fuller information:

Anderson House is named after Revd J H A Anderson who was Mayor of Tooting in 1904-5. The recreation ground was laid out as part of slum clearance in Tooting. Unlike other sites, this was not originally intended and was never used as 'detached gardens' for individual flats. The site had once been a clay quarry for brickworks, which was replaced in 1898 by the Council's 'dust destructor', the scheme for disposing of rubbish by incineration. The 153 foot high chimney was eventually demolished on 30 October 1930, although it had ceased to be used some years previously. In December 1929 the Highways Committee had handed over the site to the Parks and Open Spaces Committee and the land was then prepared for use as a recreation ground. It was laid out as part of a scheme for the relief of unemployment. It was partly grassed with the remainder paved and provided with see-saws and swings. The preparation of the former clinker dump was described as follows: 'The surface was levelled, covered with 6 " layer of ashes, treated with Terolas and sealed with Colas, blinded with granite dust'. The park remains much as originally laid out with grass area, small play area and hard surfaced ball games area. Around the boundary are mature trees and shrubs and it is overlooked on three sides by housing. One of the residents of Fountain Road was Corporal Foster of Wandsworth Regiment, winner of the Victoria Cross in 1917, who was a dustman before WWI and later became the Council's dust inspector.

Sources consulted:

LB Wandsworth, Fountain Road Recreation Ground Draft Management Plan 2007-2012 (November 2006)
Grid ref: TQ266714
Size in hectares: 0.6
   
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: No
Conservation Area name:
Tree Preservation Order: No
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area:
Other LA designation: Other Larger Protected Open Space Sites
   

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