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Seven Kings Park Redbridge

Summary

The Seven Kings area had developed rapidly after the Great Eastern Railway opened the station here. Originally called Seven Kings and Goodmayes Recreation Ground, the park was opened in 1902, laid out on land donated to the borough in 1900 by A. Cameron Corbett, who developed much of Ilford and later became Lord Rowallan. The house of Downshall Farm was demolished to make way for the park and the surrounding estate was developed c.1914. Among facilities provided in Seven Kings Park were an ornate bandstand and bowling green, both of which remain, together with formal planting in a symmetrical layout of beds, largely roses, some trees and shrubs.

Basic Details

Previous / Other name:
Seven Kings and Goodmayes Recreation Ground

Site location:
Aldborough Road South, Ilford, Essex

Postcode:
IG3

Type of site:
Public Park

Date(s):
1902

Designer(s):

Listed structures:
None

Borough:
Redbridge

Site ownership:
LB Redbridge

Site management:
Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure Ltd

Open to public?
Yes

Opening times:
Daily 8am-dusk (check site owner for closing time); closed Christmas Day

Special conditions:

Facilities:
Basketball, bowling green (Seven Kings Bowling Club), children's play area, 3 cricket pitches, 3 football pitches, skate park, tennis courts, toilets

Events:

Public transport:
Tube: Newbury Park (Central). Rail: Seven Kings. Bus:364 (then walk)

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Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ459882

Size in hectares:
13.77

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:
No

Tree Preservation Order:
No

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
Yes

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
Local Open Land. Strategic Footpaths and Horse rides

Fuller information

Seven Kings Park is a municipal park formed on the banks of the Seven Kings Water on 3.6 hectares of land donated to the borough in 1900 by A. Cameron Corbett, the Glasgow MP and developer, who developed much of Ilford, and later became Lord Rowallan. The park opened in 1902. The Seven Kings area developed quickly when the railway arrived and Great Eastern Railway opened the station. The house of Downshall Farm was demolished to make way for the park. The surrounding estate was developed c.1914. Seven Kings Park is a large flat park with walks lined with regular rows of ash, hawthorn and cherry (c.1930). Among facilities were a bandstand and bowling green, with formal planting consisting of a symmetrical layout of beds, largely roses, some trees and shrubs. The park today has notable robinia, birch, poplar and lime trees; rose garden; bowling green; pavilions and sport pitches. It is adjacent to Goodmayes Hospital (q.v.) and Ford's Sports Ground.

Sources consulted:

Alan A Jackson, 'Semi-detached London' (Wild Swan, 2nd ed. 1991); Ilford Past and Present; Victoria County History

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