London Parks & Gardens Trust

A Walk through Southwark

Red Cross Garden

Red Cross Garden

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Leave the playground from where you entered and carry on round the school playing area into Redcross Way, crossing over into the Red Cross Garden.


This garden was restored by BOST. The garden, originally laid out in 1887 on the site of an old paper factory, was described as an ‘open air sitting room ’ for the people of Southwark. The restoration included the pond with bridge and fountain, new flowerbeds, lawns and benches. The charming cottages on the far side of the garden (1887, Elijah Poole) were built as part of Victorian philanthropist Octavia Hill's pioneering housing for the working classes.