Inventory Site Record

Mudchute Park and Farm (Tower Hamlets)

Brief Description

Mudchute Park and Farm was established on a piece of derelict land created from the spoil from dredging Millwall Dock in the 1860s, and was saved from housing development through a public campaign by local people keen to preserve it for open space. The outcome is the hugely popular Mudchute Park and Farm, run by the Mudchute Association, a charity founded in 1977. Now one of the largest Inner City farms in Europe, Mudchute has over 100 animals and fowl, including rare breeds. In WWII the site housed anti-aircraft guns used to defend the docks, and in 2012 an Ack Ack gun was re-introduced to one of the gun sites that remain on the farm - the others provide houses for pigs and other livestock.

Practical Information
Site location:
Pier Street / East Ferry Road, Isle of Dogs
Postcode:
E14 3HP
Type of site:
Other
Borough:
Tower Hamlets
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
Park: dawn-dusk daily. Farm: 9am-5pm. Café: 9.30-3pm Tues-Fri and 9.30am-5pm Sat/Sun.
Special conditions:
dogs on leads
Facilities:
Mudchute Kitchen café; shop; toilets
Events:
Numerous events throughout the year, including farm tours and educational events.
Public transport:
DLR: Crossharbour, Mudchute. Bus: D6, 135.
Research updated:
01/10/2014
Last minor changes:
26/02/2021

Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.mudchute.org

Full Site Description

In 1974 this area of natural wilderness on the Isle of Dogs in East London was earmarked by the Greater London Council for construction of a high rise housing estate. Local people mounted a vigorous and successful public campaign against these plans and in 1977 the Mudchute Association was formed to preserve the area as open space, with a Board of Trustees representing the local community. Trees were planted on the site, and farm animals and horses were brought in, and Mudchute Farm is now one of the largest Inner City farms in Europe. There are over 100 animals and fowl, including a collection of British rare breeds, as well as unusual animals like llamas and alpacas. The site includes the Mudchute Equestrian Centre, and has won the Green Flag Community Award.

In World War II London's docks were a vulnerable target for German bombing and a number of anti-aircraft guns were set up on the land here as part of the Home Front defence measures, and four concrete gun sites remain. Three are in use on the farm as animal enclosures but one has been restored, complete with an Ack Ack Gun, as part of a display about the role of Mudchute during the Blitz, funded with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and opening in June 2012.

Sources consulted:

Mudchute Park & Farm website: www.mudchute.org

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ382788 (538250,178850)
Size in hectares:
12.95
Site ownership:
LB Tower Hamlets/Mudchute Association
Site management:
Mudchute Association
Date(s):
1977
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:
No
Tree Preservation Order:
No
Nature Conservation Area:
No
Green Belt:
No
Metropolitan Open Land:
No
Special Policy Area:
No
Other LA designation:
None
Photos

Mudchute Park and Farm

Mudchute Park & Farm with Canary Wharf Estate in the distance, October 2014. Photograph Sally Williams

Mudchute Farm, October 2014. Photograph Sally Williams
2014
Mudchute Farm, October 2014. Photograph Sally Williams
2014
Restored Ack Ack gun, Mudchute Park & Farm, October 2014. Photograph Sally Williams
2014
Mudchute Park & Farm, October 2014. Photograph Sally Williams
2014

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