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Garratt Green Wandsworth
   
Summary: Garratt Green was previously within lands owned by the Manor of Wandsworth and was one of the last commons to come within the responsibility of the LCC. When the rest of Wandsworth Common was transferred to the public in 1871, Earl Spencer, Lord of the Manor, retained Garratt Green until November 1899 when it was transferred to the LCC subject to it being maintained for public use. Until 1796 the Green had long been the site of the election of a mock mayor of the hamlet of Garratt, whose duties were to protect the common rights of the Green. Garratt Green today is largely grass with trees and shrubbery around the border and a perimeter path.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: Aboyne Road/Burntwood Lane
Postcode: SW17 > Google Map
Type of site: Public Park
Date(s): 1899
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
Borough: Wandsworth
Site ownership: LB Wandsworth (part of site leased from private landowner)
Site management: Parks Service
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities: Playground, sports pitches
Events:
Public transport: Tube: Tooting Broadway (Northern) then bus. Bus: G1
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/05/2005
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.wandsworth.gov.uk/homepage/41/parks_and_open_spaces

Fuller information:

Garratt Green was transferred to the LCC for £110 subject to it being maintained for public use. The common rights had been extinguished under the Wandsworth Common Act 1871. Garratt was a small hamlet adjoining the Green, which had long been associated as a place where election of a mock mayor of Garratt was held, a practice which took place until 1796, the duties being to protect the common rights of the Green. This was a practice in villages throughout the country often 'characterised by great buffoonery and rowdiness' and was the subject of a farce by Samuel Foote.

Garratt Green today is largely grass with trees and shrubbery around the border and a perimeter path. Along the west side of the path is an unused prefabricated building, previously used as a scout hut, next to which is an area planted with trees and shrubs on mounded earth, which is set back and divided from the rest of the park by a metal fence with gaps allowing access. This small open area is leased from an adjacent landowner.

Sources consulted:

'The London County Council and what it does for London: London Parks and Open Spaces' (Hodder & Stoughton, 1924); LB Wandsworth, Garratt Green Draft Management Plan 2007-2012 (November 2006)
Grid ref: TQ265723
Size in hectares: 3.2
   
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
Yes: Common (CL14)
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: No
Other LA designation: Other Larger Protected Open Space Sites
   

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