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Putney Lower Common Wandsworth
Summary: Putney was settled from early times. There was Roman occupation here and Lower Richmond Road may have been a Roman Road. Putney Lower Common remained open pasture and farmland, and is contiguous with Barnes Common. Land began to be enclosed from at least the C15th but in 1871 the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Act was passed and the Wimbledon and Putney Conservators, established to preserve the commonland, prevented further encroachment. The common is generally open grassland with mature trees around it, mainly plane trees and chestnuts. Cricket is played in the summer and a fairground visits on bank holidays and in this way the common still offers the traditional activities that were long associated with commons before urbanisation and enclosure overtook them.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: Commondale/Lower Richmond Road/Quens Ride/Common Road
Postcode: SW15 > Google Map
Type of site: Public Open Land
Date(s): c.1880
Listed structures: LBII*: All Saints Church
Borough: Wandsworth
Site ownership: Wimbledon and Putney Common Conservators
Site management: Wimbledon and Putney Common Conservators
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities: cricket pitch, car park (by Hospital). Nature trails
Public transport: Tube: Putney Bridge (District). Rail: Barnes. Bus: 22, 265
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.

Fuller information:

In 1469 an area to the south of Putney Lower Common known as 'Pightells' was enclosed by John Twigge for raising sheep for wool, and some further land was lost in the C19th when Elm Lodge was built, rebuilt in 1912 as Putney Hospital. Land was also lost when Putney Lower Common Cemetery (q.v.) was established in 1858. The common now separates the C19th urban development of Putney from its neighbour Sheen but there was little building around the Common until the 1860s, although temporary structures such as pesthouses and agricultural buildings were erected into the C17th.

In the south-east corner is All Saints' Church, separated by a hedge from the common, and built in Gothic Revival style by G E Street in 1874, with a later north-east extension. It has fine stained glass windows by Edward Burne-Jones Studio. The church is surrounded by a pleasant garden with extensive flower beds planted cottage style, lawns and perimeter trees, predominantly lime; the landscaping and paths around the garden have recently been renovated.

Sources consulted:

Ben Weinreb & Christopher Hibbert, 'The London Encyclopaedia' (Macmillan, revised ed. 1993); Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 2: South (Penguin) 1999
Grid ref: TQ230759
Size in hectares: 19.185
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
Wimbledon & Putney Commons Act 1871
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: No
Conservation Area name:
Tree Preservation Order: No
Nature Conservation Area: Yes - Borough Importance I
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: Yes
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation: Common. Strategic View Corridor

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