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Brief description of site

Grovelands has a late-18th-century landscape park and lake covering about 40 hectares. The present park was designed by Humphry Repton in about 1797, with gardens, pleasure grounds and an ornamental lake. The site has been a public park since 1913. The house is in separate ownership.

Brief history of site

Walker Gray bought the estate in 1796. He commissioned John Nash to design the house and Humphry Repton to lay out the park and gardens. The work was completed in the early-1800s. Gray's nephew, John Donnithorne Taylor, inherited the property and retired here, renamed the house and proceeded to expand and improve the estate. His son later put up the estate for sale and the southern extension was sold in 1902 but the Lot containing the house and 314 acres of land failed to reach the reserve price. Some 26 hectares of the park were bought by Southgate Urban District Council in 1911. The land was laid out as a public park by Thomas H. Mawson and opened on 12 April 1913. Grovelands House was purchased for a hospital in 1921 and is now a private psychiatric hospital.

Location information:

Address: Grovelands Park, Bourne Hill, Winchmore Hill, Enfield, London, NZ1 1PN

Locality: Enfield

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Enfield

Historical County: Middlesex

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 176 Grid Ref: TQ302942
Latitude: 51.6315 Longitude: -0.120218

Directions:

Rail: Winchmore Hill; Tube: Southgate (Piccadilly). Bus: W9, 298, 121, 299, 611, W6

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The park is open from 8am Mon-Sat / 8.30am Sundays to dusk.

Visitor information:

Sports facilities, children's playground, cafeteria, WCs.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: public park

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 1797

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 36.87

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