Brockwell Park

Brockwell Park

Brockwell Park
A hut in Brockwell Park
Location London
Coordinates
Area 50.8 hectares (126 acres)
Open All year

Brockwell Park is a 50.8 hectare[1] (125.53 acres) park located between Brixton, Herne Hill and Tulse Hill, bordered by Brixton Water Lane, Norwood Road, Tulse Hill (Road), and Dulwich Road in South London.[2]

The park commands views of the skyline of the city and Central London. At the top of the hill within the park stands Brockwell Hall.

The Brockwell Lido, a Grade II listed art deco building near the top of the park, is an open-air swimming pool popular with swimmers and bathers.[3] Its attached café/restaurant is also popular. Other amenities in Brockwell Park include tennis courts, a bowling green, a BMX track and a miniature railway.[4]

The park is home to the Lambeth Country Show, which usually takes place in July.[5][6] An annual fireworks display also takes place around November 5.[7]


Contents

  • History 1
  • Sports facilities 2
  • Family facilities 3
  • Other features 4
  • Brockwell Park in popular culture 5
  • External links 6
  • References 7

History

Brockwell Hall

The Grade II* listed Brockwell Hall[8] was built between 1811-1813 when the area was part of Surrey and was the country seat of glass merchant John Blades Esq. The land and house were acquired by the London County Council (LCC) in March 1891 and opened to the public on 2 June in the following summer, led by the local MP Thomas Lynn Bristowe. At the unveiling, Bristowe died of a heart attack on the steps of the hall.

In 1901 the LCC acquired a further 43 acres (17 ha) of land north of the original park.[9] In the 1920s, there were 13 cricket pitches in the park, which attracted crowds of up to 1,500. Brockwell Park was home to the Galton Institute.

A bust of Thomas Bristowe was returned to the Park and unveiled on its 120th birthday, 2012.

The skyline from the highest point in Brockwell Park

Sports facilities

  • The refurbished 1930s Brockwell Lido has, as well as the swimming pool, other health and fitness facilities[10]
  • An all weather pitch
  • A bowling green
  • A purpose built BMX track
  • Tennis courts
  • A Basketball/Volleyball court
  • Grass and gravel football pitches
  • Cricket nets
  • A free weekly 5 km Saturday Parkrun [11]
  • 5 a side football on Sunday

Family facilities

The track of the miniature railway
  • A children's paddling pool
  • A dog free children's play area
  • A miniature railway
  • One O'Clock Club[12]

Other features

  • A café, inside Brockwell Hall at the top of the hill
  • A walled garden with many flowers and herbs
  • Community greenhouses [13]
  • Three duck ponds

Brockwell Park in popular culture

The San Francisco band Red House Painters wrote a song about the park, named "Brockwell Park", for their 1995 album Ocean Beach.

Pop singer Adele told the Sun that she was not performing at music festivals in 2011, preferring "sitting in Brockwell Park with my friends, drinking cider."

Brockwell Park is the setting for the music video of 'Do Your Thing' by local band Basement Jaxx.

External links

  • Brockwell Park Community Partners
  • Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses
  • The Brockwell Park Miniature Railway
  • Friends of Brockwell Park
  • Survey of London entries on Brockwell Hall and Brockwell Park (1851)
  • Plan and elevations of Brockwell Hall
  • Image of Brockwell Hall in 1820
  • urban75 e-zine on Brockwell Park
  • Brockwell Parkrun
  • Sketch of Brockwell Hall and park in 1820

References

  1. ^ http://www.brockwellpark.co.uk/hlf_stage2/BPk_hlf_volunteer_plan.pdf page 4
  2. ^ http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&hl=en&ll=51.451012,-0.106902&spn=0.014629,0.030427&z=15
  3. ^ "Brockwell Lido". Lambeth Council. Retrieved 22 April 2015. 
  4. ^ http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/Environment/ParksGreenSpaces/Parks/BrockwellPark.htm
  5. ^ http://www.urban75.org/brixton/features/country-show-2006.html
  6. ^ http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Country-Show/index.htm
  7. ^ http://www.urban75.org/brixton/photos/november-2007.html
  8. ^ http://www.brockwellpark.com/BHall/BHall.htm
  9. ^ http://www.brockwellpark.com/history/history.htm
  10. ^ http://www.brockwell-lido.co.uk/about.htm
  11. ^ http://www.parkrun.org.uk/brockwell/Home.aspx
  12. ^ http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/EducationLearning/UnderFives/OneOClockClubs.htm
  13. ^ http://www.brockwellparkcommunitygreenhouses.org.uk/