Inventory Site Record

Margaret McMillan Park

Margaret McMillan Park (Lewisham)

Brief Description

The park is named after Margaret McMillan who with her sister Rachel McMillan were pioneers of nursery education. Margaret McMillan Park opened in 1954 and was originally laid out between Watson's Street and Glenville Grove with a series of lawns along Douglas Way. In the late 1980s part of the park was eroded by housing development and in 1998 improvements were carried out to the park, including a bridge by sculptor John Maine. In 2009 the park was redesigned and re-landscaped as part of Route 1 of the North Lewisham Links project, the works completed in 2010.

Practical Information
Site location:
Grenville Grove/Douglas Way/Watson's Street, New Cross
Type of site:
Public Park
1954; 2010
Listed structures:
Site ownership:
LB Lewisham
Site management:
Greenscene Department, Glendale Grounds Management
Open to public?
Opening times:
Special conditions:
Play area, cycle route
Public transport:
London Overground/Rail: New Cross, New Cross Gate. Rail: Deptford.

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/04/2012
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Full Site Description

Margaret McMillan established a nursery school in Deptford and she and her sister Rachel lived at 127 George Lane in Hither Green between 1910 and 1913. Margaret later founded a training college for nursery teachers, named after Rachel. They believed that early years' education could counter some of the effects of poverty. There is a memorial to Margaret McMillan at Rachel McMillan Nursery School in McMillan Street (LBII). Improvements to the park in 1998 included a playground, toilets, and signage, the work undertaken by LB Lewisham in partnership with The Prince's Trust Volunteers. A sculptural feature in the form of a stone bridge, with planting executed with members of the local community, was created by sculptor John Maine RA, at that time Artist in Residence with the design team for Lewisham Town Centre. The improvements to Margaret McMillan Park were completed in 2010 and included removing larger shrubs, straightening the main footpath through the park and new lighting, in order to improve visibility and safety; new paths and seating have been provided, upgrading of the children's play area, as well as wooden sculptures and posts. The park's redesign has won awards including a Civic Trust Award in 2010 for Community Recognition and an award for the Best New Urban Space at the London Planning Awards in 2012.

Sources consulted:

Ben Weinreb & Christopher Hibbert, 'The London Encyclopaedia' (Macmillan, revised ed. 1993); Document for Glendale/LB Lewisham Parks Conference 11 March 2000

Further Information
Grid ref:
Size in hectares:
On HE National Register :
HE grade:
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 Archaeological Priority
Other LA designation:
Public Open Space

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