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Inventory Site Record

The Oval (Windsor Terrace) (Hackney)

Brief Description

Windsor Terrace or The Oval was land owned by St Bartholomew's Hospital that was leased to Shoreditch Borough Council at 1s per annum and maintained as an asphalt playground. Preserved under the London Squares and Enclosures (Preservation) Act of 1906, in 1928 the unenclosed site contained 'a few trees', now well-grown horse chestnuts. Until re-landscaping took place in 2008 it was a largely paved area laid out with seats, some planting in raised areas and concrete planters.

Practical Information
Site location:
City Road/Windsor Terrace
Postcode:
N1
What 3 Words:
vines.wings.robe
Type of site:
Garden Square, Public Open Land
Borough:
Hackney
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport:
Rail/Tube: Old Street (Northern). Bus: 205
Research updated:
01/07/2011
Last minor changes:
19/07/2023

Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.hackney.gov.uk

Full Site Description

In a short article headed 'Two More London Gardens' in Reynolds's Newspaper of Sunday 18 July 1897: 'After a long delay the Bridge House Committee have decided to open Finsbury-circus as another of those green breathing spaces so much appreciated in the City during the summer months. At the same time the L.C.C. have determined to lay out and open the circus opposite Windsor-terrace in the City-road, which is believed to be the site of the terrible plague pit described by Defoe in his graphic, but fictional, account of the dreadful visitation.'

Sources consulted:

Report of the Royal Commission on London Squares

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ323828 (532350,182830)
Size in hectares:
0.081
Site ownership:
LB Hackney
Site management:
Hackney Parks Service
Date(s):
1897; 2008
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:

Yes

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:
No
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
No
Special Policy Area:
No
Other LA designation:
Open Space; London Square

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