Inventory Site Record

Sutherland Square Garden

Sutherland Square Garden (Southwark)

Brief Description

The terraces of Sutherland Square were built in 1810-30, with a few houses dating from c.1845. The square was truncated when the railway was built across it, separating the east terrace from the rest of the square. In the centre of the west side was a small oval garden area, which was acquired by Southwark Borough Council for public open space and opened in 1922. Surrounded by hawthorn hedge, the garden is largely grass, with small trees and a couple of seats.

Practical Information
Site location:
Sutherland Square
Postcode:
SE17
Type of site:
Garden Square;, Public Gardens
Borough:
Southwark
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Events:
Public transport:
Rail/Tube: Elephant & Castle (Northern, Bakerloo) then bus. Bus: 12, 35, 40, 45, 68, 171, 176, 468.

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Full Site Description

Sutherland Square was built in 1810-30, with a few houses dating from c.1845. The terraces have cast iron railings with palmette motif. The square was truncated when the railway was built across it, separating the east terrace from the rest of the square, but in the centre of the west side is a small oval garden surrounded by hawthorn hedge, which is largely grass with a few small trees and a couple of seats. Stanford's map of 1862 shows the small oval garden area at the west end of Sutherland Square. The 1928 Report of Royal Commission on London Squares records that the land was acquired by Southwark Borough Council for public open space at a cost of £75 and it opened in 1922. To the east of the railway embankment is a small community garden established by the Sutherland Residents on land leased from Railtrack in 1981. A mature plane tree at the corner of the east terrace of Sutherland Square may have predated the railway.

Sources consulted:

Brief reference in Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 2: South (Penguin) 1999; Report of the Royal Commission on London Squares, 1928; 'The London County Council and what it does for London: London Parks and Open Spaces' (Hodder & Stoughton, 1924); Southwark Listed Buildings data

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ322780
Size in hectares:
0.035
Site ownership:
LB Southwark
Site management:
Parks
Date(s):
C19th
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
LBII: most houses in Sutherland Square
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:
Sutherland Square
Tree Preservation Order:
No
Nature Conservation Area:
No
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
No
Special Policy Area:
No
Other LA designation:
Square, Tier Three; London Squares Preservation Act

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