Inventory Site Record

Penge Recreation Ground

Penge Recreation Ground (Bromley)

Brief Description

Penge Recreation Ground was opened to the public in 1888. At the park entrance on the High Street is a War Memorial, with the former lodge, now derelict, just inside the gates. Within the park is a tall granite drinking fountain presented by Mrs Blundell Maple in 1889. An avenue of trees, probably at least 100 years old, runs south-west along the western part of the site but much of the park is now taken up with a grassed children’s play area, and a tarmac sports area.

Practical Information
Site location:
High Street/Blean Grove/Laurel Grove/Maple Road, Penge
Postcode:
SE20 7HQ
Type of site:
Public Park
Borough:
Bromley
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Children’s play area, tarmac sports area
Events:
Public transport:
London Overground: Penge West. Rail: Penge East. Bus: 176, 227, 312, 351.

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/07/2008
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.bromley.gov.uk

Full Site Description

The public park was opened on 4 July 1888, the main area of which is reached via a narrower strip of landscaping with a central path off the High Street. At the entrance stands a War Memorial to the dead from two World Wars in the form of a cross, backed by a semi-circle of railings above brick walls and piers. To the north of the entrance path is the lodge, now derelict and boarded up. From the entrance, the tarmac path is bordered by grass and flower beds set in grass leading to the main area of the recreation ground. The path continues around the boundary of the roughly oval site, which is largely level, dropping slightly to the east. An avenue of trees, probably at least 100 years old, runs south-west along the western part of the site. At the junction of the entrance path with the grassed area stands a tall granite drinking fountain presented by Mrs Blundell Maple in 1889. Much of the site is taken up with a grassed children’s play equipment, enclosed within a chain link fence, and a tarmac sports area. Shrubberies with laurel, yew and holly are to either side; the central grass area has perimeter planting and scattering of oak, lime, plane, horse chestnut, beech, Corsican pine, Turkey oak and deodar.

Sources consulted:

An A-Z of Bromley's Parks, Local Open Space & Woodlands, LB Bromley, 2007

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ352703 (535218,170279)
Size in hectares:
3.25
Site ownership:
LB Bromley
Site management:
Leisure Services
Date(s):
1888
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:
Yes
Conservation Area name:
Penge High Street
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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