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Victoria Park opened in 1902 but was originally planned to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887. It remained Finchley's only public pleasure ground until 1914.
   
Previous / Other name:
Site location: Ballards Lane, Finchley
Postcode: N3 2NE
Type of site: Public Park 
Date(s): 1887- 1902
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
Borough: Barnet
Site ownership: LB Barnet
Site management: Leisure and Youth Services, Green Spaces Division/Friends of Victoria Park
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: closes at dusk
Special conditions:
Facilities: Tennis, bowling greens, playground, sports pitches, café, toilets
Events:
Public transport: Tube: West Finchley, Finchley Central (Northern) then bus. Bus: 143, 13, 26, 82, 260.
Victoria Park, August 2000. Photo: S Williams
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Victoria Park, Ornamental planting adjacent to entrance on Ballards Lane, August 2000.
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Drinking Fountain, Victoria Park, undated postcard. Courtesy Barnet Local Studies & Archives
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Victoria Park, undated postcard. Courtesy Barnet Local Studies & Archives
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Victoria Recreation Ground, Finchley, undated postcard. Courtesy Barnet Local Studies & Archives
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The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/04/2002
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.barnet.gov.uk

Fuller information:

Victoria Park opened in 1902 but had been planned to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887. It is a site between residential streets and remained Finchley's only public pleasure ground until 1914. The park has municipal-style planting on the Ballards Lane entrance including a grass curtilege strip with bedding displays, and a crenellated lodge of red and yellow brick, and mosaic decoration on the gate piers. The layout includes a rectangular formal garden enclosed by a hedge on the south-east and to the rear of the park are tennis courts, hedged bowling green and the recreation ground. A small area of garden in the north is dedicated to Vyvyan Wells, former Councillor and Mayor, and was opened on 21 May 1955 according to a plaque on the site. The park won a Green Flag Award in 2008/9.

Sources consulted:

Victoria County History, Middx VI, V; S Gillies and P Taylor, 'Finchley and Friern Barnet, a Pictorial History', 1992.
Grid ref: TQ257912
Size in hectares: 7.43
   
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: Not known
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: Yes - Area of Special Archaeological Significance (part/ at entrance)
Other LA designation: Premier Park
   

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