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Burgess Park

Burgess Park

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Directions

You will emerge from Folkestone Gardens at a busy junction with a railway bridge to your right. Make your way carefully to the path along the right-hand side of the road to your left (Surrey Canal Road). This runs along the course of the Grand Surrey Canal. Take care crossing the entrances to the sites along this road.

At the end of Surrey Canal Road, turn right into Ilderton Road, using the toucan crossing. Turn left at the traffic signals into Verney Road and right at a mini roundabout into Credon Road. Emerging onto Rotherhithe New Road, turn left along the cycle track as far as a crossing. Cross Rotherhithe New Road, turn right, immediately left into Catlin Street and immediately right into Stevenson Crescent.

Take the left branch of Stevenson Crescent and follow the road under a bridge into Abercorn Way and through a closure into Oxley Close. Turn left, following a cycle route sign, left again into Rolls Road and first right into Coopers Road. Turn left into Mawbey Place and first right towards a crossing of the Old Kent Road.

Cross the Old Kent Road into Glengall Road and take the first right into Glengall Terrace. Go through the road closure and turn left along Trafalgar Avenue. Enter Burgess Park through the gate on the right by a pedestrian crossing. Follow the broad path through the park as far as a pedestrian footbridge.

Description

Work began to provide the new public space which eventually became Burgess Park in the post World War II years as a result of initiatives such as the Abercrombie Plan of 1943, which highlighted the lack of open space in London. Abercrombie had proposed a large park to the south of Albany Road as North Camberwell Open Space to act as a 'green lung' for the area and this was eventually agreed in 1951. The park was created by demolishing numerous houses, streets, churches and factories such as Robert White's famous lemonade factory, and by infilling the disused Grand Surrey Canal.