Inventory Site Record

Little Dorrit Playground

Little Dorrit Playground (Southwark)

Brief Description

So-called after Little Dorrit, the Dickens character who was associated with nearby Marshalsea Prison, the site had previously been Falcon Court, 'a horrible rookery of tumble-down dirty hovels'. It was created as a children's playground by the LCC's Parks and Open Spaces Committee, and was opened in 1902 by the LCC Councillor for Rotherhithe, Mr A Pomeroy-Cragg, at a ceremony accompanied by music from the North London Prize Band. Improvement works were carried out in 2001 by Little Dorrit Park Group, set up by group of local mothers including artist Danuta Solowig Wedderburn who created bronze plaques. Works included playground improvements and landscaping and the park is supported by Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST).

Practical Information
Site location:
Borough High Street/Little Dorrit Court
Postcode:
SE1
Type of site:
Public Park
Borough:
Southwark
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
7.30am - sunset
Special conditions:
no dogs
Facilities:
playground
Events:
Annual children's event
Public transport:
Tube: Borough (Northern). Bus: 21, 35, 40, 343.

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/05/2006
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.southwark.gov.uk/parks

Full Site Description

Sources consulted:

John Beasley, 'Southwark Remembered' (Tempus Publishing, 2001); 'The London County Council and what it does for London: London Parks and Open Spaces' (Hodder & Stoughton, 1924)

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ324798
Size in hectares:
0.784
Site ownership:
LB Southwark
Site management:
Parks. Little Dorrit Park Group. Bankside Open Spaces Trust (BOST)
Date(s):
1902
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:

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:
Borough High Street
Tree Preservation Order:
No
Nature Conservation Area:
No
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
No
Special Policy Area:
Yes - Archaeological Priority Zone
Other LA designation:
Tier Two. Strategic Views Backdrop Consultation Zone
Photos

Little Dorrit Playground

Photo: Colin Wing

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