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Brooklands Park Estate is an LCC housing estate built in 1958 on land within the Cator Estate, which was developed with smart villas from the late C18th. Brooklands Park Estate was built on the former grounds of Casterbridge and comprises seven 5-storey blocks and low terraces set within landscaping. Care was taken to retain existing features such as mature trees and the ornamental lake once in the house grounds. A hexagonal domed brick conduit house is located on the edge of the lake.
Previous / Other name: Cator Estate
Site location: Casterbridge Road/Brooklands Park, Blackheath Park
Postcode: SE3
Type of site: Housing/Estate Landscaping; Garden Feature Remnants
Date(s): 1958
Listed structures:
Borough: Greenwich
Site ownership: RB Greenwich
Site management: Parks and Open Spaces Department
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted
Special conditions:
Public transport: Rail: Kidbrooke/Blackheath. Bus: 278, B16.
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/12/2006
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news.

Fuller information:

In the C19th a large house called Elmsdale, later known as Casterbridge, existed here with extensive grounds that included an ornamental lake and fine trees. This was one of four large houses to the south of Blackheath Park within the Cator Estate, each having large gardens, including woodland and some arable land. Casterbridge was purchased in 1952 for council housing by the London County Council, who at the same time purchased the nearby Drakecourt, built in 1905, which was converted as an old people's home with Brooklands Primary School built over its gardens. The Brooklands Park Estate of 7 5-storey blocks and low terraces was built over the Casterbridge land, the blocks set within large areas of grassland, the landscape treatment retaining the ornamental lake and mature trees such as weeping willow, oak and copper beech. Its name recalls another of the large houses in the area, Brooklands House, which was built in 1827 designed for his own use by George Smith, architect of the Morden Estate, now later divided into flats.

Sources consulted:

Bridget Cherry & Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: London 2: South (Penguin) 1999, p278; Andrew Saint (introduction), 'London Suburbs', Merrell Holberton Publishers 1999; Urban Practitioners for LB Greenwich 'Blackheath Park Conservation Area Appraisal (Draft)', November 2009
Grid ref: TQ403756
Size in hectares:
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:
In Conservation Area: Yes
Conservation Area name: Blackheath Park
Tree Preservation Order: Not known
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: No
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation:

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