Inventory Site Record

Deptford Park (Lewisham)

Brief Description

Located near the river, the site was once market gardens on the estate owned by the Evelyn family, and was particularly famous for its onions, celery and asparagus. In 1884 the land was purchased for a public park by the LCC, who paid two-thirds of the purchase cost. Deptford Park was opened on 7 June 1897 by the LCC Chairman, Dr W J Collins. The layout was by Lt Col J J Sexby, Chief Officer of the Parks Department, and included several built features that no longer survive. The entrance on Evelyn Street has iron gates and railings and a short avenue of London plane trees, and the structural planting and design is largely intact with a perimeter walk, and perimeter planting of mature London planes.

Practical Information
Site location:
Evelyn Street/Scawen Road/Grinstead Road, Deptford
What 3 Words:
Type of site:
Public Park
Open to public?
Opening times:
closed dusk
Special conditions:
Play area, football pitches
Easter Egg hunt, theatre productions
Public transport:
Rail: Deptford then bus. London Overground: Surrey Quays then bus. Bus: 47, 188, 199.
Research updated:
Last minor changes:

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Full Site Description

Deptford Park was transferred from the GLC to London Borough of Lewisham in 1971. The central area has been dug up, evidently for all-weather pitches; there are a number of rose beds by the play area, flowering cherries among other trees and C20th brick-built conveniences with coat of arms. In the 1990s improvements were carried out in two phases under Deptford City Challenge. Phase 1 included new railings and gates with brick piers, and in phase 2 a new playground was provided together with a formal paved area with seats and planting. A small orchard has been planted in the park in recent years.

Sources consulted:

Dedication of Deptford Park, 1897; Lt Col J J Sexby 'The Municipal Parks, Gardens and Open Spaces of London', 1898; Document for Glendale/LB Lewisham Parks Conference 11 March 2000; Deptford Park: a brief guide (LB Lewisham Leisure, n.d.)

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ360782 (536298,178292)
Size in hectares:
Site ownership:
LB Lewisham
Site management:
Greenscene Department, Glendale Grounds Management
LCC: Lt Col J J Sexby
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:
Green Belt:
Metropolitan Open Land:
Special Policy Area:
Yes - Area of Archaelogical Priority
Other LA designation:
Public Open Space

Deptford Park

Deptford Park - Photo: Candy Blackham
Date taken: 20/10/20 13:12

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