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Inventory Site Record

Winey Hill (Kingston)

Brief Description

Winey Hill is a pleasant grassy hilltop located in the south of the borough that includes scattered trees, horse-grazed pastures, dense scrub, a large stock pond and some old boundary hedgerows, where several nationally declining birds breed. In 1937 Alderman Clement Hugh Bridge of Chessington Grange in Garrison Lane negotiated with Lady Barker of Barwell Court to enable Surbiton Borough Council to purchase Winey Hill, which was within her Barwell Court Estate, as permanent open space. As a result c.10 hectares were acquired for £5,000 in September of that year. The hill has fine views from the top, at 75 m above sea level. Here a viewpoint has been erected that indicates what can be seen in all directions, from Canary Wharf 17 miles to the north-east and Guildford 13 miles to the south-west to more local sites such as Horton Country Park 1.5 miles to the south east and St Matthew's Church 2.5 miles to the north.

Practical Information
Site location:
Barwell Lane, footpath off Leatherhead Road, Chessington
Postcode:
KT9 2JQ
What 3 Words:
oldest.hammer.glare
Type of site:
Public Open Land
Borough:
Kingston
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport:
Rail: Chessington South. Bus: 465
Research updated:
14/04/2023
Last minor changes:
19/07/2023

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

Full Site Description

The viewpoint at the summit is a stepped brick and flint structure erected as a memorial and inscribed “In memory of Mark Anstead from his friends and family” with the date 1995, and a plaque referencing Lower Mole Project. The site is accessible via a public footpath known as the Chessington Countryside Walk. 

According to RB Kingston's Review of Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation (2021): 'Winey Hill is currently over-grazed by horses reducing the grasslands value. The horses also have access to the woodland which has added interest by creating areas of bare ground. The site is popular with walkers and has impressive views. Opportunities to improve to site include restoring the central pond. This could be achieved by fencing off the majority of the pond from the horses so that they can drink from it but avoid trampling all of the vegetation. Ideally, the pond would be better connected to the woodland by creating some scrub habitat between the two habitats so that the pond is less isolated. The pond also requires desilting. Additional opportunities include reducing grazing pressure and rotational management of scrub to encourage structural diversity.'

West of Winey Hill is Chessington World of Adventures, originally the site of a mansion built in 1348, which became a royalist stronghold during the English Civil War and was razed to the ground by Oliver Cromwell's forces. Known as the Burnt Stub it was rebuilt as an inn, and later rebuilt by the Vere Barker family.

Sources consulted:

Bone; Sue Swales, Ian Yarham, Bob Britton, 'Nature Conservation in Kingston upon Thames', Ecology Handbook 18 (London Ecology Unit) 1992 p69; Review of  Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation in Kingston Upon Thames, final report prepared by LUC for RBK, April 2021.

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ171628 (517150,162850)
Size in hectares:
10.32
Site ownership:
RB Kingston
Site management:
Grounds maintenance contractor: Quadron Services Ltd
Date(s):
1937
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 - Borough Importance II (hilltop)
Green Belt:
Yes
Metropolitan Open Land:
No
Special Policy Area:
Yes - Area of Archaeological Significance
Other LA designation:
None

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