Inventory Site Record

Judd Street Open Space (Camden)

Brief Description

Judd Street Open Space was created in the 1950s as part of Cromer Street Estate, which was built for St Pancras Borough Council in 1949-51 on a bomb-clearance site. In the C18th the area was largely pasture, although a bowling green is shown on the Cary map of 1795 to the north of the site of the park today. The Boot public house on Cromer Street also dates from the C18th. Adjacent to the park is the late C19th Church of the Holy Cross. Judd Street Open Space has been re-landscaped in recent years, including new gates with a leaf motif, winding paths, a dog exercise area separated by shrubbery from the main garden overlooked by the housing estate. A plane tree remains from earlier planting.

Practical Information
Site location:
Judd Street/Cromer Street
What 3 Words:
Type of site:
Public Park
Open to public?
Opening times:
7.30am - dusk
Special conditions:
Public transport:
Rail: King's Cross. Tube: King's Cross (Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City, Piccadilly, Circle, Victoria, Northern). Bus: 10, 30, 73, 91, 46, 214.
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Last minor changes:

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Full Site Description

Adjacent to the small park is the Church of the Holy Cross, built in 1887-88 by Joseph Peacock for the Revd Alfred Moore to which additions were made in c.1913; in 1936 some fittings came from St Jude's Church, which was demolished at that time. Cromer Street Estate was designed in 1949-51 by Hening Chitty. It has nine 6-storey blocks laid out at right-angles to the street, with lawns alternating with service courts to provide light and air; two of the blocks were refurbished in 1996. Judd Street Open Space has been re-landscaped in recent years and has new gates with a leaf motif.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 4: North (Penguin, 1998)

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ302825 (530261,182576)
Size in hectares:
Site ownership:
LB Camden
Site management:
Parks & Open Spaces
Listed structures:
LBII: Church of the Holy Cross
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:
To be checked
Tree Preservation Order:
Nature Conservation Area:
Green Belt:
Metropolitan Open Land:
Special Policy Area:
Yes - Area of Special Character: Central London Area
Other LA designation:
Public Open Space (Small Local), Strategic View Corridor

Judd Street Open Space

Judd Street Open Space, Cromer Street Estate and Holy Cross Church behind, July 2002. Photo: S Williams

Judd Street Open Space, Cromer Street Estate behind, July 2002. Photo: S Williams

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