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Agnes Riley Gardens were formerly the grounds of Oakfield House owned by Frederick George Riley. In 1931 Mr Riley offered his property to the LCC as a gift on condition that the 0.81 hectares of garden were made into a public open space and named Agnes Riley Memorial Garden. At that time the LCC was redeveloping this area, which contained a number of large houses. Mr Riley lived in the house until his death but in 1937 transferred the garden to the LCC. Its layout as a public park began in 1938 but was interrupted by WWII when the site was used partly for allotments and partly for military purposes, although a temporary playground existed. Mr Riley died in 1942 and in 1954 the whole site including that of the house, which was demolished, was laid out as a park. In the south was a children's playground, paddling pool and games courts with the rest landscaped with trees, shrubs, lawns and an ornamental pond that remains an importanta feature. In 1952 the word 'Memorial' was dropped from the name.
Previous / Other name: Agnes Riley Memorial Garden
Site location: Atkins Road/Clarence Avenue/Poynders Road
Postcode: SW12 0AH
Type of site: Public Park 
Date(s): 1938-54
Listed structures:
Borough: Lambeth
Site ownership: LB Lambeth
Site management: Environment Directorate, Parks and Greenspaces Unit. Friends of Agnes Riley Gardens
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: 7.30am - 15 minutes before sunset
Special conditions:
Facilities: Children's play area, One O'Clock Club, paddling pool, sports facilities, toilets, dog free area
Public transport: Tube: Clapham South Northern). Bus:4, 57, 137, 255, 417
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.

Fuller information:

Sources consulted:

Marie Draper 'Lambeth's Open Spaces, An historical account', LB Lambeth 1979
Grid ref: TQ294738
Size in hectares: 1.51
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: 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: Major Development Area. Park

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