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Brief description of site

Features of Murray Park include mature trees and playground facilities.

Brief history of site

Originally part of Whitton Park estate that at one time comprised 200 acres, Murray Park is named after Colonel Gostling Murray, whose family owned the estate from 1766-1892. In 1722 the estate was acquired by the 3rd Duke of Argyll whose garden featured woodlands, fishponds, an aviary, walled garden and 9-acre nursery where he cultivated trees and shrubs; some fine trees remain in the park from his time, including a Cedar. On Argyll's death the estate went to his mistress, Mrs Williams; their son sold most of the estate in 1765 but in 1796/7 it was re-united by George Gostling, who invited Humphry Repton to advise on its design. The estate was eventually sold by auction in 1894, much of it then developed for housing despite efforts to preserve it. In 1913 moves to save the remaining open spaces succeeded, and Twickenham UDC bought the former site of Mrs Williams' house and gardens. Murray Park was formally opened on 1 May 1914.

Location information:

Address: Kneller Road, Twickenham, TW2 7ED

Locality: London

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Richmond upon Thames

Historical County: Surrey

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 176 Grid Ref: TQ143744
Latitude: 51.4571 Longitude: -0.356263

Directions:

Rail: Hounslow/Whitton then bus. Bus: 281, H22

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The park is open Mon - Sat: 7.30am - dusk/Sun & Bank Hols: 9am - dusk.

Key information:

Form of site: public park

Purpose of site: public park

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 1726 to 1914

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 3.49

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