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Inventory Site Record

Bullwhips, formerly Causeway Copse (Kingston)

Brief Description

Once the southern part of Surbiton Common, on the 1838 Enclosure map what is now Causeway Copse was marked as Gooseberry Hill, prior to which it had been known as Gosborough Hyll or Gosbury Hill. The woodland was owned by Merton Priory, and in 1537 was leased to William Saunders, requiring high standards of management. It remains partly wooded and is now a small park with a playground, surrounded by housing, reached through a narrow path from The Causeway by Durbin Road.

Practical Information
Previous / Other name:
Surbiton Common; Gosbury Hill Gardens
Site location:
The Causeway, Chessington
Postcode:
KT9
What 3 Words:
worth.lately.games
Type of site:
Public Open Land
Borough:
Kingston
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities:
playground
Events:
Public transport:
Rail: Chessington North
Research updated:
01/03/2004
Last minor changes:
19/07/2023

Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.kingston.gov.uk/browse/environment/parks/recreation_sites

Full Site Description

Before the Reformation this was part of lands owned by Merton Priory. In 1537 the Priory leased the 'wood and underwood called Gosborough Hyll with a hedgerow' to William Saunders for £10 for a 6 year period. The Priory required high standards of management in order to maintain a steady source of well-developed trees of different ages from the same wood, allowing Saunders to fell wood only so long as he left 'standing and growing 30 'standers' upon every acre of the wood and make a sufficient hedge about the same for the preservation and safeguard of the young coppys and sprynges thereof'.

Sources consulted:

Sue Swales, Ian Yarham, Bob Britton, 'Nature Conservation in Kingston upon Thames', Ecology Handbook 18 (London Ecology Unit) 1992

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ184646 (518510,164560)
Size in hectares:
0.5
Site ownership:
RB Kingston
Site management:
Grounds maintenance contractor: Quadron Services Ltd
Date(s):
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:

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:
No
Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Local Importance
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
No
Special Policy Area:
Yes - Area of Archaeological Significance
Other LA designation:
Local Open Space

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