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Bush Hill Park (also known as Bush Hill Recreation Ground)

Introduction

Bush Hill Park was farmland that was part of an estate centred on Bush Hill Park House, a country house. The estate changed hands several times in the 18th century before coming under the ownership of William Mellish, a merchant and MP for Middlesex.

There are a number of recreational facilities at Bush Hill Park, as well as formal gardens and some rose beds, with avenues of trees and some fine trees including horse chestnuts and oaks.

Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts

Access contact details

The park is open from 8am Mon-Sat / 8.30am Sundays to dusk.

For more detailed information visit the London Borough of Enfield website.

Directions

Rail: Bush Hill Park; Enfield Town then bus. Bus: 121, 191, 231, 307, 313, 317

Owners

London Borough of Enfield

History

11th Century

The Bush Hill area was once part of Old Park Estate, a Royal property pre-dating Enfield Chase and the Domesday survey of 1086.

17th Century

In 1660, Charles II granted the estate to General George Monck, Duke of Albemarle and it subsequently passed through many owners, until it was broken up for building in 1871.

19th Century

The estate was broken up in 1875 with the North London Estates Company NLEC, a speculative development company buying 373 acres (151 ha) acres. Bush Hill Park House was sold separately and demolished in 1929.

21st Century

The park is part of the Fields in Trust historic protection programme and has been protected since December 1938 under the King George V Fields protection type.

Period

Early 20th Century (1901-1932)

Key Information

Type

Park

Purpose

Recreational/sport

Principal Building

Parks, Gardens And Urban Spaces

Period

Early 20th Century (1901-1932)

Survival

Extant

Hectares

11.01

Open to the public

Yes

References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust