Inventory Site Record

Grove Crescent

Grove Crescent (Southwark)

Brief Description

This is a long narrow garden that separates the C19th houses of Grove Crescent from Camberwell Grove. Prior to becoming a road, this was an avenue of trees called Walnut Tree Grove, which led from an old Manor House of Camberwell Buckingham to the top of the hill. The manor house was demolished in 1776 when the estate was sold and the area began to be developed. It became popular among well-to-do people, with many fine houses built here.

Practical Information
Site location:
Camberwell Grove/Grove Crescent
Postcode:
SE5
Type of site:
Housing/Estate Landscaping
Borough:
Southwark
Open to public?
No
Opening times:
private, but visible
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport:
Rail: Denmark Hill.

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/04/2002
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Full Site Description

The fine houses of Grove Crescent, 4 linked pairs of houses with wrought iron railings in front, were built in 1819 by William Whitten, a solicitor who had bought the estate of Dr Lettsom, part of whose once extensive grounds survive as Lettsom Gardens (q.v.). A print from the sale catalogue of 1836 shows the crescent fronted by an open area of grass, with some shrubs and post and railings.

Sources consulted:

Mary Boast, The Story of Camberwell, LB Southwark Neighbourhood History No. 1, 1996

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ331761 (533141,176095)
Size in hectares:
0.1094
Site ownership:
private
Site management:
Date(s):
1819
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
LBII: Grove Crescent (169-183 Camberwell Grove) and attached railings
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:
Yes
Conservation Area name:
Camberwell Grove
Tree Preservation Order:
Not known
Nature Conservation Area:
No
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
No
Special Policy Area:
No
Other LA designation:
London Squares Preservation Act

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