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Brief description of site

Darlands Lake Nature Reserve consists of an ornamental lake, surrounding woodland belt and a fenced path from Totteridge Lane. In 1982 Darlands Lake Nature Reserve was established, its main approach quite close to the C19th entrance drive and route from the pleasure grounds to the lake. This passes close to a copse planted in 1810 to mark the Jubilee of George III.

Brief history of site

The site was once part of the landscaped park of Copped Hall, an estate dating from the C16th. From 1780 it was occupied by William Manning whose wife Mary was involved in the redesign of the grounds probably with advice from Humphry Repton. The lake and circular ride connecting it with the house are typical of Repton. Copped Hall was eventually demolished in 1929 and Darlands House erected on its site by 1935, with large gardens that still open onto the former parkland to the south. Other housing was developed over much of the pleasure grounds, and the open park between house and lake became farmland.

Location information:

Address: The Close, Totteridge Village, N20 8PJ

Locality: Greater London

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Barnet

Historical County: Hertfordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 176 Grid Ref: TQ243933
Latitude: 51.6248 Longitude: -0.205736


Tube: Totteridge & Whetstone (Northern) then bus. Bus 251.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

Access may be restricted; contact Wildlife Trust for information.

Key information:

Form of site: park

Purpose of site: nature reserve

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 5

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