Inventory Site Record

Albion Parade (Hackney)

Brief Description

Albion Road was built in 1829 to link Church Street and Newington Green. By 1928 the small triangular piece of land at the junction of Albion Road and Clissold Crescent had been acquired for £60 by Stoke Newington Borough Council who maintained it as public open space. In 1953 it was re-landscaped as a garden to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, and is now known as Albion Parade. In 2015 the site was again re-landscaped to create a space that could be used for community events, with funding through the Pocket Parks initiative. 

Practical Information
Previous / Other name:
Albion Road Triangle
Site location:
Albion Road/Clissold Crescent
What 3 Words:
Type of site:
Public Gardens, Pocket Park
Open to public?
Opening times:
Special conditions:
Public transport:
Tube: Angel (Northern) then bus. Bus 73
Research updated:
Last minor changes:

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Full Site Description

Albion Parade was laid out as a garden at the same time as the Church Street Gardens (q.v.) to the north. Both small gardens are preserved under the London Squares Act 1931. It provides a small area of landscaping with grass, rose beds and a few trees, surrounded by low grey stone walls, with a paved path running across the garden.

Albion Parade was re-landscaped in c.2015 to create a Pocket Park that would allow the site to be used for community events. The project was undertaken in conjunction with Groundwork London and funded through GLA’s Pocket Parks scheme, an initiative of the Mayor of London’s drive to create 100 Pocket Parks across London launched in 2013, with community grants of up to £20,000 available. The community fund was part of a £2m investment to bring 100 underused urban spaces back into use by March 2015. The scheme was delivered by Groundwork and enabled the creation of more than 100 pocket parks across 26 London boroughs, and ranged from community orchards to edible bus stops, the first to open being in Stockwell. A Pocket Park, defined as ‘a piece of land of up to 0.4 hectares, which may already be underdeveloped or derelict’, is considered to provide a small area of inviting public green space where people can relax, exercise, socialise and play, and can be natural and/or formal in character.

In 2016 the Pocket Parks initiative went England-wide with a £1.5m fund launched by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). Community groups were invited to apply for grants up to £15,000, but applicants were also required to raise match funding from other sources. This led to 87 funded projects across the country, although no projects were in London. In 2018 the Pocket Parks Plus Scheme was launched by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), eventually making £3.75m available when it was widened to include not only new pocket parks but also projects to refurbish existing parks or parts of parks. This led to funding 198 projects, which included 32 projects in London. The third funding round was launched by MHCLG in 2019 and on 3 March 2020, World Wildlife Day, the recipients of the £1.35m fund were announced. Of the 68 winners, 10 are in London. The government has now provided 352 grants to support community groups to create 146 new parks and give a vital boost to 206 derelict urban spaces in towns and cities in every region of the country.

Sources consulted:

'Clissold Park', Abney Park Cemetery Trust, 1997

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ329859 (532900,185920)
Size in hectares:
Site ownership:
LB Hackney
Site management:
Parks Department
Early C20th; 1950s
Listed structures:
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:
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Nature Conservation Area:
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Special Policy Area:
Other LA designation:
London Squares

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