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Brief description of site

Southwark Park is a 19th-century public park of around 26 hectares, with an extension of some 4 hectares (King's Stairs Gardens) in the 1980s. Rundown in the latter-20th century, it was very well restored by 2001 with HLF funding, the works including a replica bandstand and bowling pavilion, and the lake restored to its original pre-World War 2 size and the main gates repaired. Other facilities include a cafe, visitor’s centre, art gallery, sports track and wildlife area.

Brief history of site

Prior to becoming a public park, the site was used for market gardening and was owned by the Lord of Rotherhithe Manor. Pressure for a public park in the area began in the 1850s and in 1857 the new Metropolitan Board of Works was persuaded that Bermondsey and Rotherhithe, as well as Finsbury, were most in need and a site was approved. Southwark Park was laid out by the MBW and opened on 19 June 1869. The original layout had a wide carriage drive around the perimeter, part of which survives; various facilities were added by 1885, including a new lake and a bandstand, and in the early-20th century a lido and the Ada Salter Rose Garden were among the new facilities.

Location information:

Address: Southwark Park, Jamaica Road, Southwark, Greater London, SE16 2UA

Locality: Greater London

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Southwark

Historical County: Surrey

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 177 Grid Ref: TQ352790
Latitude: 51.4938 Longitude: -0.0538609


There are entrances to the park on Jamaica Road, Lower Road, Southwark Park Road and Gomm Road.
Tube: Bermondsey, Canada Water (Jubilee). London Overground: Canada Water, Surrey Quays, Rotherhithe. Bus: 1, 47, 188, 199, 225, 381, 395, P13.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is a municipal park for general public use.

Key information:

Form of site: public park

Purpose of site: urban park

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 1867 to 1869

Main period of development: Mid 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 26.53

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