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Brief description of site

The central area of grassland, now predominantly used as playing fields, is surrounded by ancient woodland and it could be a landscape of some antiquity.

Brief history of site

The land for the park was given to the people of Lewisham in 1919 by H W Forster, later Lord Forster, first MP for the Borough of Bromley and Governor-General of Australia from 1920-25. The Forsters had lived at Southend Hall since the early-19th century and had a large estate in what was then a rural area. Mr Forster donated the land in memory of his 2 sons, killed in World War 1, and Forster Memorial Park was opened in 1922 by his daughter. The park was expanded in 1937 when land to the north was purchased from the Forster Estate Company.

Location information:

Address: Whitefoot Lane, Southend, SE6

Locality: London

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Lewisham

Historical County: Kent

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 177 Grid Ref: TQ387722
Latitude: 51.4318 Longitude: -0.00614173

Directions:

Rail: Bellingham. Bus: 138

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The park is open from 8am - sunset.

Key information:

Form of site: public park

Purpose of site: public park

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 1919 to 1922

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 17

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