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Brief description of site

Facilities at Westerley Ware include a playground, memorial garden and tennis courts.

Brief history of site

Westerley Ware is former meadowland that was part of Kew Commonable Lands, whereby since 1824 inhabitants of Kew were granted common rights of pasture. Administration was overseen by a Kew Commonable Rights Committee elected annually by Kew Vestry, the freehold remaining with the Crown. Kew War Memorial Recreation Ground was laid out here after WWI and had tennis courts, netball court, children's playground, lawns and flower gardens. By March 1939 the Committee could no longer afford to maintain it and applied to Richmond Corporation to take over its control and management, which was approved by the Commissioner of Crown lands in September. The name Westerley Ware comes from netting weirs or 'wares' used to catch fish.

Location information:

Address: Waterloo Place, Kew Green, TW9 3AP

Locality: London

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Richmond upon Thames

Historical County: Surrey

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 176 Grid Ref: TQ191777
Latitude: 51.4857 Longitude: -0.286097

Directions:

Rail: Kew Bridge. Bus: 65, 237, 267, 391.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The park is open from 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

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 1.11

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