Woodcock Park and Kenton Grange (Brent)
Woodcock Park and Kenton Grange are divided by the Wealdstone Brook, both sections once part of the grounds of Kenton Grange, built as Kenton Lodge in 1803-7 with a small garden behind the house. The land extending to the stream was owned in the 1920s by Mr Jeffress, who built the picturesque cottage estate at Brookside Close. Jeffress sold the property in c.1952 to Middlesex County Council who turned Kenton Grange into an old people's home, and the remaining land into a public park. The park has a good collection of trees and shrubs, with numerous mature specimens. The area south of the stream is more open with recreational facilities, largely grass and some scattered trees.
- Previous / Other name:
- Kenton Grange
- Site location:
- Kenton Road/Woodgrange Avenue/Woodcock Hill/Shaftesbury Avenue, Kenton
- What 3 Words:
- Type of site:
- Public Park
- Open to public?
- Opening times:
- Special conditions:
- Tennis courts, children's playground, Woodcock Park Bowling Club, car park
- Public transport:
- Tube: Kingsbury (Jubilee) then bus. London Overground/Tube (Bakerloo): Kenton then bus. Bus: 183, 223
- Research updated:
- Last minor changes:
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.brent.gov.uk
Full Site Description
Woodcock Park is in two parts, divided by the Wealdstone Brook which runs through the park unculverted. The stream divides for a short stretch with a man-made channel running straight and the original course of the stream to the south, creating an island before meeting up again some 80 metres to the east, which has grass and some mature horse chestnuts and other trees. The northern area was once part of the grounds of Kenton Grange built as Kenton Lodge in 1803-7 for John Lambert, later extended in 1865 and 1896. Other residents included John Gwynne, inventor of the centrifugal pump and Frederick Sang, artist and architect. The house had a small garden behind the house. The land extending to the Wealdstone Brook was owned in the 1920s by a Mr Jeffress, who built the picturesque cottage estate in c.1920 and whose son Joseph Jeffress developed a miniature railway round the embankment of the stream, engaging companies to run the trains. Jeffress sold the land in c.1952 to Middlesex County Council who turned Kenton Grange into an old people's home, and the remaining land into a public park.
The park has a good collection of trees and shrubs, with numerous mature specimens, including Wing-nut, copper beech, single-leafed ash, cedar, holm oak, Oriental plane, various ornamental conifers, dawn redwood, an ancient mulberry, willows and a number of mature oaks. Kenton Grange is now St Luke's Hospice in the private grounds of which the Victorian stabling block and two lodges remain. The area of the park south of the Wealdstone Brook is more open with recreational facilities, largely grass and some scattered trees, mostly recent planting although there are a few older horse chestnuts, weeping willow and poplars.
Ian Yarham, Meg Game 'Nature Conservation in Brent, Ecology Handbook 31', London Ecology Unit, 2000; Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England, London 3: North West (Penguin, 1999 ed) p.324/5; Ben Weinreb & Christopher Hibbert, 'The London Encyclopaedia' (Macmillan, revised ed. 1993).
Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
- Grid ref:
- TQ177885 (517750,188600)
- Size in hectares:
- Site ownership:
- LB Brent
- Site management:
- Parks Service
- Listed structures:
- Kenton Grange is locally listed.
- On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:
- Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
- Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
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:
- In Conservation Area:
- Tree Preservation Order:
- Not known
- Nature Conservation Area:
- Yes - Local or Boro II Importance (part/see note)
- Green Belt:
- Metropolitan Open Land:
- Special Policy Area:
- Other LA designation:
- Public Open Space. NCA along course of Wealdstone Brook
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