Inventory Site Record

Haggerston Park

Haggerston Park (Hackney)

Brief Description

The northern part of Haggerston Park was the site of the Imperial Gas Company from 1823, later becoming the Gas Light and Coke Co, which was destroyed in WWII bombing. It was laid out as a park in 1956 by the LCC with ornamental gardens, a raised bowling green, a birch grove on the infilled basin site, and a long pergola walk on the north side. In the 1980s the park was extended to the south to include Hackney City farm, children's playground and playing fields.

Practical Information
Site location:
Queensbridge Road/Whiston Road/Hackney Road/Audrey Street
Postcode:
E2 8QH
Type of site:
Public Park
Borough:
Hackney
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
7.30am - dusk (summer 9.30pm, winter 4pm). Farm: Tues-Sun & BH 10am-4.30pm
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Children's play area, basketball, athletics track (seasonal), BMX cycle track, multi-use games area, Trim Trail, ping pong table; Hackney City Farm, toilets, dog walking area
Events:
Various events
Public transport:
Tube: Bethnal Green (Central) then bus. Rail: Cambridge Heath. Bus: 26, 48, 55, 236, 394.

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/06/2011
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.hackney.gov.uk/cp-haggerston.htm; www.haggerstonpark.org.uk

Full Site Description

Haggerston is recorded as early as the Domesday survey when the manor was known as 'Hergotestane' on land granted by the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's. The manor was subsequently broken up, some land becoming part of Hoxton Manor, and after the Dissolution of the Monasteries the land passed through a number of owners. The Astronomer Royal Edmond Halley (1646-1742) lived in Haggerston at one time. In 1823 the Imperial Gas Company was established on Haggerston Basin, a spur off the Regent's Canal, and in 1887 the company amalgamated to form the Gas Light and Coke Co. This was bombed and destroyed in World War II and on its site the oldest part of Haggerston Park was laid out in 1956 by the London County Council with the high relict C19th brick walls still visible on three sides.

The LCC park layout included fine ornamental gardens, a raised bowling green, and a birch grove on the infilled basin site, a Tea Terrace, and a sundial and elliptical bed at the Edith Street entrance. Haggerston Park has been described as 'one of the few formal landscaped gardens in the Borough'. Also dating from the 1950s is a long pergola walk on the north side of the park. In 1966 a Park Keeper's Lodge and 1 O'clock Club were built, and in the 1980s the park was extended to the south to include a city farm, children's playground and playing fields. The pond in the park, which is of value for nature conservation, was repaired in 2010/11. A Community Orchard and Food Growing Garden is being created, for which the ground has been cleared and prepared and 200 plants have been planted.

Sources consulted:

Public Open Spaces in Hackney; Walter Bessant, Shoreditch and the East End, London 1908; Ben Weinreb & Christopher Hibbert, 'The London Encyclopaedia' (Macmillan, revised ed. 1993); Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 4: North (Penguin, 1998); Arthur Mee 'The King's England: London North of the Thames except the City and Westminster' (Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 1972)

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ340833 (534118,183340)
Size in hectares:
c.10.53 including Farm
Site ownership:
LB Hackney
Site management:
Hackney Parks Service; Haggerston Park User Group; Hackney City Farm
Date(s):
1956; 1980s
Designer(s):
LCC Architect: R Lyell Thorpe
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:
Not known
Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Borough Importance I
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
No
Special Policy Area:
No
Other LA designation:
Open Space
Photos

Haggerston Park

Photo: Colin Wing

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