Inventory Site Record

David Copperfield Gardens

David Copperfield Gardens (Southwark)

Brief Description

David Copperfield Gardens were created on the site of the former private garden of County Terrace and is overlooked by the footbridge over New Kent Road to the south. In 1928 the neglected, irregularly shaped garden, at the time owned by the Trustees of Messrs. H C & M D Smith, was in the process of being sold to Southwark Borough Council for public open space. The houses of County Terrace were replaced by a local authority housing estate although the garden remained and was laid out with lawn, various ornamental trees, flower beds and shrubs and a statue erected by the Dickens Fellowship referring to a passage in Charles Dickens' 'David Copperfield'. The garden has been completely re-landscaped.

Practical Information
Previous / Other name:
County Terrace
Site location:
New Kent Road/Harper Road
Postcode:
SE1
Type of site:
Public Gardens
Borough:
Southwark
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport:
Tube: Elephant & Castle (Northern, Bakerloo) then bus. Bus: 1, 53, 63, 172, 188.

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/04/2008
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.southwark.gov.uk/parks

Full Site Description

In September 1931 the Dickens Fellowship erected a fountain in the new public garden with a small statue of a cherub amidst a floral display. A plaque had a quote from 'David Copperfield' when Copperfield is on his flight to Dover: 'I came to a stop at the Kent Road at a terrace with a piece of water before it and a great foolish image in the middle blowing a dry shell'.

Sources consulted:

Joyce Bellamy notes. Report of the Royal Commission on London Squares, 1928.

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ325790
Size in hectares:
0.222
Site ownership:
LB Southwark
Site management:
Parks
Date(s):
C19th; c.1930
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:

Yes

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:
Not known
Nature Conservation Area:
No
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
Yes
Special Policy Area:
No
Other LA designation:
Gardens, Tier Three; London Squares Preservation Act. Strategic Views Backdrop Consultation Zone

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