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Burgess Park, including Chumleigh Gardens (also known as North Camberwell Open Space)


Numerous projects have been undertaken, including planting thousands of trees, provision of sports facilities, greening the canal route and creation of the lake. Within the park are the former Chumleigh Gardens Almshouses, which now house a café, meeting rooms as well as a World Garden and an English Garden.

Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts

Access contact details

Opening of much of the park is unrestricted (area around lake 7.30am - sunset; Chumleigh Gardens (check opening times).


Tube/Rail: Elephant and Castle (Northern, Bakerloo) then bus. Bus: 12, 35, 40, 42, 45, 53, 63, 68, 78, 168, 172, 343, 363, 468, 453, 468


London Borough of Southwark


20th Century

It was the result of initiatives such as the Abercrombie Plan of 1943 and was created by demolishing numerous houses, streets, churches and factories, and infilling the disused Grand Surrey Canal. Existing green spaces were incorporated into the new North Camberwell Open Space, which by 1965 covered some 16 hectares.

It was named Burgess Park in 1973 after Alderman Jessie Burgess, first lady Mayor of Camberwell. The fragmented open spaces were consolidated from 1982 onwards and in 1985/6 Southwark Council took over responsibility and began purchasing remaining properties and clearing the site, a process completed in 1995.

21st Century

The park has been part of the Fields in Trust historic protection programme and has been protected since August 2015 under the Queen Elizabeth II Fields protection type.

Features & Designations


  • The National Heritage List for England: Listed Building

  • Reference: Lime Kiln; Chumleigh Gardens Almshouses; St George's Church Wells Way; 113 Wells Way (former vicarage); Public Library/Baths and Washhouses
  • Grade: II
  • Site of Local Importance for Nature Conservation

Key Information





Principal Building

Parks, Gardens And Urban Spaces





Open to the public