Open Spaces & Sports Grounds

6. County Council Services

Open Spaces & Sports Grounds

MUCH has been said in the foregoing pages of the steady and exceptionally rapid development of Middlesex, and the County Council and the district councils have been very much alive to the desirability of securing the preservation of open spaces which would provide the residents of built-up areas and areas which may in the coming years be further developed, with grounds for the recreation of themselves and their children in the course of their everyday life. The County Council has expended very considerable sums towards the purchase of lands by the local authorities or by the County Council itself for this purpose.

The following list comprises major purchases for open spaces and sports grounds acquired over the past twenty years or so. It includes the larger additions to existing open spaces and sports grounds but omits minor adjustments. The third column gives the years of the County Council’s resolution.

Many of the sites referred to are at present devoted to agriculture or are in use temporarily for other purposes and it should not be assumed that the public necessarily has yet a right of access in all cases.

Locality   Name or Description / press End Arrow for more info Year Acres
Acton Springfield Gardens 1934 5.54
County of Buckingham Ankerwycke Estate, Wraysbury 1936 110
Huntsmoor Park, Iver 1937 6.31
Bucks. C.C. and Uxbridge. Denham Court 1935 306
Ealing Perivale Park Golf Course 1334 90
Land near St. Mary’s Church, Northolt 1936 22.982
Lime Tree Farm Estate, Northolt 1936 23
Brent Valley Golf Course 1936 81
Land on Rectory Estate, Northolt 1936 62
Belvue Park 1936-37 24
Ealing Central Sports Ground 1938 35
Land adjoining Yeading Brook 1939 14.25
Various lands in Borough 1937-46 17.955
Edmonton Jubilee Park 1935 36
King George’s Field, Bush Hill Park 1937 8.85
Various lands in Borough 1934-52 13.22
Enfield Enfield Chase 1936 2,005
Land on Ayland’s Estate, Bullsmoor Lane 1936 10
Trinity College Lands 1937 586.8
Enfield Golf Course 1937 91.5
Longford Farm, The Ridgeway 1937 5.65
Feltham Footpath Meadow, Hanworth 1934 8.5
River Crane Regional Open Space 1936-39 65
Faggs Road, East Bedfont 1937 133
Glebe Land 1938 33.89
Rectory Meadow 1946 14.50
Finchley Brookside Walk 1938 7.375
Various lands in Borough 1934-38 7.25
Harrow Centenary Park, Stanmore 1934 24
Montesole Playing Fields, Pinner Green 1935 19
Saddlers Mead, Hatch End 1936 10.3
Bentley Priory Estate 1936-37 196.187
Warren House Estate 1937 111
Grove Estate 1937 63.114
Grims Dyke Estate 1937 110
Old Redding 1937 87
Stanmore Golf Course 1938 110
Land at Brockley Hill 1938 12.5
Grove Field 1939 16
Land in Oxhey Lane and Farm 1941 43.357
Various lands in U.D. 1934-41 29.763
Hayes and Harlington Yeading Brook, additional land 1934-38 89.557
Yeading Brook Regional Open Space, additional land 1934-37 7.949
Land at Pinkwell, Harlington 1937 9.11
The Moats, Harlington 1937 10
Little Harlington Field 1937 10.578
Cranford Lane, former sewerage works 1951 18.3
Various lands in U.D. 1936-48 11.022
Hertford, County of. Moor Park, Rickmansworth 1937 350
Heston and Isleworth Various lands in Borough 1937 32.29
Various lands in Borough 1937 40.305
River Crane Regional Open Space 1937 22.8
Batchelors Gravel Pit 1938 28.207
Potters Bar Furzefield Wood and adjoining land 1935 40
Wrotham Park, Old Fold Golf Course, Dyrham Park and adjoining lands 1937 1,465
Clarkes land 1937 10.085
Fenny Slade 1937 12.5
Lord Strafford’s land 1937 655.37
McGladdery’s land 1937 16
Prentice’s land 1938 34.402
Tilbury’s land 1938 23.064
Dyrham Park (part) 1940 210.568
Ruislip-Northwood Eastcote Recreation Ground 1934-35 10.5
Eastcote House 1935 9.1
Mad Bess and Copse Wood Estates 1935 341.75
King’s End Golf Course, Ruislip, and land 1935-36 107.484
Haydon Hall, Eastcote 1936 14.7
Land on St. Catherine’s Estate, Ruislip 1936 8.4
Land adjoining Northolt Junction Estate 1937 39.7
Land at Heriwyn Avenue, Ruislip 1937 25
Hog’s Back, Northwood and adjoining land 1945 11.76
Various lands in U.D. 1935-47 50.584
Southall Land in Dormers Wells Lane 1936 10
Durdans Park 1936 29.2
Jubilee Park 1936 11.13
West Middlesex Golf Course 1937-38 108
Havelock Road 1947 8.665
Various lands in Borough 1936-51 15.28
Southgate Hazelwood Lane Sports Ground 1934 12.3
Tottenhall Road Sports Ground 1935-51 13.1
Bramley Sports Ground 1935 19.836
Clowes Sports Ground, Winchmore Hill 1935 22
Cockfosters Cricket Ground 1948 10.686
Staines Shrublands, Woodthorpe Road, Ashford 1934 6.832
Laleham House Estate and Arcadia Café 1934-37 70.88
Land at Town Lane, Stanwell 1937 5.572
New Farm Estate 1947 18.3
Stanwell, land in Long Lane 1951 10.78
Sunbury-on-Thames. Various lands in U.D. 1937-51 20.476
Tottenham Markfield Recreation Ground 1937 13.63
Teddington / Twickenham Fulwell Golf Course 1935-36 210.788
Strawberry Hill Golf Course 1936 31
Twickenham Crane Park 1934 44
Heathfield Pleasure Ground 1936 12.5
River Crane Regional Open Space 1937 6.18
Beveree, High Street, Hampton, land at rear 1950 8.1
Uxbridge Harefield Place Estate 1934 127.86
Yeading Brook Regional Open Space 1935 15.4
Warren Farm, near South Harefield 1936 77.74
Mount Pleasant Sports Ground, Harefield 1936 26.5
Breakspears Estate, Harefield 1936 572.5
Long Lane and Pole Hill Road, Hillingdon 1937 93.047
Newdigate Estate 1938 222.75
Dews Farm 1938-39 49.8
Land adjoining River Pinn 1938-39 16.12
Pelham Clinton Estate 1945 160.68
Old Mill Lane, Cowley 1946 14
Western Avenue, Hillingdon ( N. and S) 1950 40.09
Land at Charville Lane and Western Avenue, Hillingdon 1952 100
Various lands in U.D. 1935-39 17.994
Wembley Land at Perivale Lane, Alperton 1934 22.387
Roe Green Park 1934 20.5
Imperial College of Science Sports Ground 1936 21.25
Fryent Way Regional Open Space 1936-51 220
Northwick Park (part) 1936 65
Land adjoining Kingsbury Manor 1937-49 10.96
North Wembley Sports Ground 1938 18.6
Barham Park 1938-42 27.5
Various lands in Borough 1935-51 34.437
Willesden Land at Harlesden Road 1938 31
Roundwood House and adjoining land 1938 13.44
Yiewsley and West Drayton Green Belt 1937 58.213
West Drayton, land in Wise Lane 1937 87.2
Longford, land adjoining Wyrardisbury River 1939 8.72
Manor Farm and adjoining land 1939 49.826
Home Farm, Harmondsworth 1946 88.09
Yiewsley, land at Kingston Lane 1949 16.8