Inventory Site Record

Leathermarket Gardens

Leathermarket Gardens (Southwark)

Brief Description

Leathermarket Gardens were laid out in the 1930s overlooked by flats of the same period. The garden derives its name from the leather market and tanneries that existed here and on the north side is an early C19th leather warehouse. To the east end of the garden is a rectangular sunken area with formal layout of beds. In the central area, separated by a low brick wall, is a raised circular rose garden surrounded by lawn with ornamental trees, behind which is a quiet garden planted with trees and grass, shielded by privet. Adjacent to the west of the gardens is a children's playground. The gardens have been re-landscaped with EH and other funding and are now surrounded by new railings.

Practical Information
Previous / Other name:
Leathermarket Gardens Nature Park
Site location:
Leathermarket Street/Weston Street
Postcode:
SE1
Type of site:
Public Gardens
Borough:
Southwark
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport:
Rail/Tube: London Bridge (Northern, Jubilee). Tube: Borough (Northern). Bus: 381.

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. www.southwark.gov.uk/parks

Full Site Description

Sources consulted:

John Archer, Bob Britton, Robert Burley, Tony Hare, Ian Yarham, 'Nature Conservation in Southwark' Ecology Handbook 12, London Ecology Unit, 1989; Southwark Listed Buildings data

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ331796
Size in hectares:
1.156
Site ownership:
LB Southwark
Site management:
Parks; Leathermarket Joint Management Board
Date(s):
c.1930
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
LBII: Leathermarket warehouses (Nos. 2 and 4 Leathermarket Street)
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:
Yes
Conservation Area name:
Bermondsey Street
Tree Preservation Order:
No
Nature Conservation Area:
No
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
No
Special Policy Area:
No
Other LA designation:
Local Park, Tier Two
Photos

Leathermarket Gardens

Photo: Colin Wing

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