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Inventory Site Record

Haven Green (Ealing)

Brief Description

Haven Green has existed as common land since medieval times, with a small hamlet distinct from the larger settlement at Ealing Green. As a result of the 1866 Metropolitan Commons Act, Ealing Local Board purchased Haven Green and other common lands in 1878 to preserve them as public open space, at a time when suburban development was accelerating. Horse chestnuts were planted around the perimeter of the Green, with a walk lined with London plane trees along the south side.

Practical Information
Site location:
Haven Green, Ealing Broadway
Postcode:
W5
What 3 Words:
trendy.task.worth
Type of site:
Public Open Land
Borough:
Ealing
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport:
Rail/Tube: Ealing Broadway (District, Central). Bus: 65, 112, 297, E1, E7, E8, 207.
Research updated:
14/02/2022
Last minor changes:
19/07/2023

Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.ealing.gov.uk; www.friendsofhavengreen.com

Full Site Description

Haven Green has existed as common land since medieval times, with a small hamlet here distinct from the larger settlement at Ealing Green (q.v.). As a result of the 1866 Metropolitan Commons Act, Ealing Local Board purchased Haven Green in 1878 at the same time as it purchased other common lands to preserve them as public open space, including Ealing Green, Ealing Common and Drayton Green. Development in the area began in the latter part of the C19th. The Great Western Railway began construction of its London to Bristol line from 1835, which ran through mainly farmland in Ealing, for which local landowners were compensated; the local vestry was also compensated for loss of common rights on Haven Green. However, although Ealing Station opened in 1838, it was not until the 1870s that large-scale development took place here, after the Metropolitan Railway had opened a station at Haven Green and commuters were better provided for. The two stations were amalgamated as Ealing Broadway Station in 1962. As a result Haven Green became a transport hub, with bus stops and a cab rank, where horse-drawn vehicles made way for motor vehicles.

The Local Board planted horse chestnuts around the perimeter of the Green, which also has some mature conifers and a walk of London planes along south side. There is a small yew shrubbery on the east and a series of ornamental flower beds near the roundabout to the north, which is also planted. Today a road cuts through the Green from its south-east to north-west corners, and it is also crossed by footpaths. The southern boundary is formed by the railway line.

The Parade on the east side of the Green includes D L Lewis, a chemist's shop at no. 36 with an Art Nouveau frontage dating from 1924, and interior fittings from 1902 and 1924.

In 2015/6 part of the Green was hoarded off as part of the Crossrail construction works for the adjacent Ealing Broadway Station. As a result a quarter of Haven Green was used as a construction site, representing a serious loss of the green space; in addition preparation of the site included the felling of a protected tree and some deep excavation work. The Friends of Haven Green have asked Crossrail about its plans for restoring the site to an acceptable condition, which it is legally required to do. 

Sources consulted:

Victoria County History; Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner, 'The Buildings of England London 3: North West' (Penguin, 1999 ed); LB Ealing Conservation Area Appraisal (April 1999); Peter Hounsell, 'The Ealing Book' (Historical Publications, 2005); Dr Jonathan Oates, A Brief History of Haven Green, 2012 (see friendsofhavengreen.com)

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ178810 (517818,180979)
Size in hectares:
0.83
Site ownership:
LB Ealing
Site management:
Parks & Countryside Service; Friends of Haven Green
Date(s):
1878
Designer(s):
Charles Jones, Surveyor to Ealing Local Board
Listed structures:
LBII: 36 Haven Green. Trough in north-west corner - Locally listed
On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

No
Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:

Yes: Common (CL111)
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:
Haven Green
Tree Preservation Order:
Yes
Nature Conservation Area:
No
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
No
Special Policy Area:
No
Other LA designation:
Green/environmental Project
Photos

Haven Green

Haven Green, February 2022. Photograph Sally Williams

Haven Green, with hoarding for Crossrail construction site, February 2022. Photograph Sally Williams
2022

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