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Inventory Site Record

Avenue Gardens (Haringey)

Brief Description

With the adjacent Wood Green Common, Avenue Gardens is part of a chain of green spaces running north and linking to Nightingale Gardens and Trinity Gardens. An irregularly shaped open area between C19th terraces, it was laid out as public gardens between 1864-94 on former rural open space with serpentine paths, shrubberies, trees and some formal beds. The original path layout remains almost intact today.

Practical Information
Site location:
Park Avenue/Station Road, Wood Green
Postcode:
N22 7SJ
What 3 Words:
clash.tilt.roof
Type of site:
Public Park
Borough:
Haringey
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport:
Tube: Wood Green (Piccadilly); Rail: Alexandra Palace. Bus: W3, 184.
Research updated:
01/04/2003
Last minor changes:
19/07/2023

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

Full Site Description

Avenue Gardens is part of a chain of green spaces, 4.6 hectares altogether, which run north linking with Nightingale Gardens and Trinity Gardens (q.q.v.). Formerly rural open space, it was laid out as public gardens between 1864-94 flanked by the C19th terraces adjoining Nightingale Gardens to the north. The gardens had serpentine paths, shrubberies, trees and some formal beds. The original path layout remains almost intact today, winding through undulating grass-covered terrain, which is mounded up to nearly 3m above path level where shrubberies had been planted. There are informal groups of mature trees that include lime, Robinia pseudoacacia, holly, yew, Ailanthus, beech, prunus, horse chestnut, Quercus ilex and sycamore, and remnants of rockwork are also found in the gardens.

Adjacent to the small area south of Park Avenue is a brick culvert for the New River, Wood Green Tunnel, which was completed by 1859. The tunnel was 12 feet wide and 1,100 yards in length, and was built when the New River was re-aligned in order to cut off a detour. To the south of the site are the remains of the former Hornsey Waterworks, also dating from 1859.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 4: North (Penguin, 1998); Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners Ltd, 'Wood Green Common Conservation Area Character Appraisal' (LB Haringey, 2008)

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ304905 (530444,190467)
Size in hectares:
1.38
Site ownership:
LB Haringey
Site management:
Parks Service (Woodside Neighbourhood)
Date(s):
1864 - 1894
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
LBII: Tunnel entrance to the New River culvert
On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

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

Yes: Green (TVG51)
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:
Yes
In Conservation Area:
Yes
Conservation Area name:
Wood Green Common
Tree Preservation Order:
No
Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Local Importance
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
No
Special Policy Area:
No
Other LA designation:
None

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