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Addiscombe Recreation Ground Croydon

Addiscombe Recreation Ground

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This small recreation ground is on former farmland acquired by Croydon Board of Health in 1905 and laid out as a public park by 1911. It was once part of the Ashburton Estate owned by the Baring family. The estate mansion used to be situated at the corner of Addiscombe Road and Northampton Road. The estate farmhouse was also on Addiscombe Road with a farmtrack alongside it known as Love Lane.
Previous / Other name:
Site location: Northhampton Road/Bingham Road/Fryston Avenue, Addiscombe
Postcode: CR0 7HR
Type of site: Public Park 
Date(s): 1911
Designer(s): Borough Engineer
Listed structures:
Borough: Croydon
Site ownership: LB Croydon
Site management: Parks and Open Spaces
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: 8am Mon-Fri/9am weekends - dusk
Special conditions:
Facilities: Children's playground, toilets, football pitches, tennis courts, basketball court
Public transport: Rail: East Croydon then bus/tram. Tram Route 2: Addiscombe.
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/12/2008
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Fuller information:

Addiscombe Recreation Ground is a small recreation ground dating from 1911 largely laid to grass and is now completely surrounded by houses. The land was acquired in 1905 by Croydon Board of Health under the 1875 Public Health Act and was previously farmland, like much of Croydon until development for housing changed the landscape dramatically from the early C20th. The site is shown on Thomas Bainbridge's Map of Croydon of 1800 as two fields belonging to A Adair Esq. It was at one time part of the Ashburton Estate, the country home of the Barings, who were heirs of the Barony of Ashburton. The estate mansion had been situated at the corner of Addiscombe Road and Northampton Road, and the estate farmhouse was also on Addiscombe Road with a farmtrack alongside it known as Love Lane.

Sources consulted:

MA Winterman, 'Croydon's Parks: Aan illustrated history' (LB Croydon, 1988), p8; LB Croydon, 'Local List of Historic Parks & Gardens', December 2008
Grid ref: TQ343660
Size in hectares: 3.24
On EH National Register : No
EH grade :
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
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: Yes
In Conservation Area: No
Conservation Area name:
Tree Preservation Order: No
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation: Local Open Land

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