Inventory Site Record

Memorial Park

Memorial Park (Waltham Forest)

Brief Description

Memorial Park was Chingford UDC's first municipal park, laid out on an irregularly shaped site surrounded by early C20th residential streets. The park incorporated an already existing sunken Garden of Remembrance that had been created by public subscription as a memorial to those who lost their lives in WWI. It was taken over by the UDC when they laid out Memorial Park in 1930. Facilities in the new park included tennis courts, a bowling green and pavilion. The park entrance through the original 1930s gates lead directly to the small memorial garden before the park opens out. An area of formal planting surrounds a small pond with a fine willow, a sculpture by Jack Gardner, 'Tao Column 92', sited nearby.

Practical Information
Previous / Other name:
War Memorial Recreation Ground
Site location:
Chingford Mount Road
Postcode:
E4
Type of site:
Public Park
Borough:
Waltham Forest
Open to public?
Yes
Opening times:
9am - half hour before sunset
Special conditions:
Facilities:
Children's play areas, tennis courts, bowling green, toilets, car park
Events:
Public transport:
Rail: Highams Park; Chingford then bus. Bus: 97, 212, W16

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.walthamforest.gov.uk/Pages/ServiceChild/memorial-park

Full Site Description

This Garden of Remembrance was the site of the first meeting of the Chingford Branch of the Brotherhood Movement, founded in 1923. The Movement originated in West Bromwich with the aim 'to attract men to meetings of a Christian character who otherwise found the church too remote from their daily lives' and was originally called the Pleasant Sunday Afternoon.

Sources consulted:

Chingford Notes

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ375924
Size in hectares:
3.81
Site ownership:
LB Waltham Forest
Site management:
Green Space Service, Environment and Regeneration
Date(s):
1930
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:
Premier Park

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