Inventory Site Record

Blake Park

Blake Park (Bromley)

Brief Description

Blake Recreation Ground opened to the public in August 1932, and is now called Blake Park. The land was probably once part of the Monks Orchard estate now divided from High Broom Wood by Oak Lodge Primary School. The park is a rectangular open space of mown grass with a perimeter tarmac path and is almost completely surrounded by houses, which are largely screened from the site by shrubs and hedges. A children’s playground is situated to the south-east and a sports field to the north. There are a few semi-mature chestnuts, oaks and ornamental pines.

Practical Information
Previous / Other name:
Blake Recreation Ground
Site location:
Beckenham Road/Oak Lodge Drive/Pine Avenue/St David’s Close, West Wickham
Postcode:
BR4 0RQ
Type of site:
Public Park
Borough:
Bromley
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Children’s playground; football pitches, basketball
Events:
Public transport:
Rail: West Wickham. Bus 194.

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/12/2006
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Full Site Description

West Wickham is listed in the Domesday Book and has a long history. In Tudor times, Wickham Court Manor was expanded by the Boleyn family and the area was popular for deer hunting. Although the railway had arrived in 1882, West Wickham remained a small village into the C20th, only transforming into a suburb in the inter-war years. Friends of Blake Park has been set up to assist maintenance of the park.

Sources consulted:

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ379664 (537861,166507)
Size in hectares:
10.25
Site ownership:
LB Bromley
Site management:
Leisure Services. Friends of Blake Park
Date(s):
1932
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
None
On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

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:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
No
Special Policy Area:
No
Other LA designation:
Urban Open Space

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