Inventory Site Record

White Hart Lane Recreation Ground (Haringey)

Brief Description

White Hart Lane Recreation Ground was laid out by 1914 to serve the growing population, and was provided with tennis courts towards the north of the site. By 1935 the park had a number of other facilities including further tennis courts and playing fields with pavilions, two drinking fountains, as well as a fairly substantial boating pond in the south east corner, around which trees were planted and footpaths laid out. This was evidently a popular facility and gave rise to the park's nickname of Pond Park.

Practical Information
Previous / Other name:
Pond Park
Site location:
White Hart Lane
What 3 Words:
Type of site:
Public Park
Open to public?
Opening times:
dawn to dusk
Special conditions:
Cricket, football pitches
Public transport:
Rail: White Hart Lane. Tube: Wood Green (Piccadilly) then bus. Bus W3, W4.
Research updated:
Last minor changes:

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Full Site Description

The site had previously been open land, bordered by White Hart Lane, which was an old route. The course of the New River, the artificial river constructed in the early C17th to bring a clean water supply to London, used to run to the west of White Hart Lane until it was realigned. The name of Riversdale Gardens (q.v.) to the south-west of the recreation ground recalls the New River, as does the more recent New River Sports and Recreation Centre to the north. Just beyond the south west corner of the park is White Hart Lane School, which predated the recreation ground, and by 1956 White Hart Lane Day Nursery had been built within the boundary of the recreation ground. The rising land to the north and north-east of the park remained largely undeveloped, and is in use as school playing fields. In 1995 the new Wood Green Cemetery to the north was opened on 16 November by Alan Dobble, Mayor of Haringey.

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Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ312910 (531250,191080)
Size in hectares:
Site ownership:
LB Haringey
Site management:
Parks Service
early C20th
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:
Tree Preservation Order:
Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Local Importance
Green Belt:
Metropolitan Open Land:
Special Policy Area:
Other LA designation:

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