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South Park Redbridge

Summary

South Park was created following Ilford Council's purchase of 32 acres of Loxford Hall Estate in 1899 and opened in 1902. It contains a large lake with several islands, formed by diverting water from Loxford Water, part of Seven Kings Brook, and the landscape has mature trees including oak, beech, lime and horse chestnut. Facilities provided included tennis courts and a bowling green with pavilion, used by Clementswood Bowling Club. The site of the bandstand remains marked by hedging and a tarmac path skirts the perimeter of the park. In 1923 the Broadway Clocktower was erected in the park, but destroyed by a WWII bomb in 1944.

Basic Details

Site location:
South Park Road/South Park Drive/South Park Crescent/South Park Terrace, Ilford, Essex

Postcode:
IG1

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, children's play area, outdoor gym, 1 cricket pitch, 1 football pitch, tennis courts, toilets, fishing lake

Events:

Public transport:
Rail: Seven Kings. Bus: 86, 128, 129, 145, 366

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The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/09/2010
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Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ449864

Size in hectares:
12.96

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:
Yes - Borough Importance II

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
No

Other LA designation:
Local Open Space

Fuller information

South Park was created by the purchase of 32 acres of Loxford Hall Estate by Ilford Council in 1899. It was laid out in 1900/1901 at a cost of £11,000 and opened in 1902. It contains a large informal lake with several islands, which was formed by diverting water from Loxford Water, part of Seven Kings Brook. There are numerous wildfowl on the lake, which is surrounded by an undulating landscape planted with trees and shrubbery. The site of the bandstand remains marked by hedging and a tarmac path skirts the perimeter of the park, which has gothic-style gates, erected c.1900 by Hill & Smith, Brierley Hill. Facilities provided include tennis courts, and a bowling green with pavilion, used by Clementswood Bowling Club. Trees in the park include notable oak, beech, lime and horse chestnut. Between 1923 and 1944 the Broadway Clocktower was erected in South Park, moved from its original site to make way for a new tramway junction and to relieve traffic congestion. It was destroyed on 16 June 1944 by direct hit by a VI bomber. In November 2008 new outdoor gym equipment was installed, along with improvements to the tennis and basketball courts, funded by Section 106 money. By April 2011 improvements to the play area are due to be completed.

Sources consulted:

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

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