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Part/component area of: Foots Cray Place

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Brief description of site

This is public parkland comprising a lake spanned by a five-arched bridge, tree belts and individual trees. The house was demolished in the 1960s, but the remaining parkland was purchased by the local authority and reunited with that of adjacent Foots Cray Place to become Foots Cray Meadows, Bexley’s largest public open space.

Brief history of site

The earliest record of any formal layout of gardens and pleasure grounds around North Cray Place dates from 1769. Pleasure grounds laid out with paths and water features appear to extend north-west from the house across the River Cray as far as North Cray Woods which formed part of the western boundary of the estate. Thomas Coventry instructed Lancelot Brown in around 1780 to carry out alterations to the estate at North Cray Place. Brown’s account book records that he received £1300 in 1781/2 for the work.

Location information:

Address: North Cray Road, Sidcup, Bexley, DA14 5AG

Locality: Sidcup

Local Authorities:

Greater London; Bexley

Historical County: Kent

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 177 Grid Ref: TQ476715
Latitude: 51.4233 Longitude: 0.121505

Directions:

Rail: Albany Park, Sidcup. Bus: 492, B14.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

Opening is unrestricted.

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: public park

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Main period of development: Late 18th century

Survival: Part: standing remains

Site Size (Hectares): 25

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