Donkey Wood 9315

Greater London, Greater London, England

Brief Description

Donkey Wood is part of Crane Valley Park, with Brazil Mill Woods to the south. Towards the north of Donkey Wood are remains of the high earth mounds created around the mill buildings where the gunpowder was dried and stored as protection from explosions, which were common and sometimes devastating. The charcoal was probably burnt in Donkey Wood where alder and willow were common.

History

The site may have got its name from the donkeys that used to carry materials to and from the Gunpowder Mills along the River Crane from the C17th until 1926, when the mills were finally closed down.

Visitor Facilities

Opening is unrestricted.
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

Opening is unrestricted.

Directions

Rail: Feltham then bus. Heathrow West, Hatton Cross (Piccadilly) then bus. Bus: 116, 117, 235
References

Contributors

  • London Parks and Gardens Trust