Streatham Common, London
Categories: Nature & Parks
Streatham Common is a large open space on the southern edge of Streatham in the London Borough of Lambeth. It has been designated a Local Nature Reserve.It is one of two former areas of common land in the former parish of Streatham. The other is now known as Tooting Bec Common. After enclosure, the Common was purchased for use as a public open space under the powers conferred under the Metropolitan Commons Act 1878. The Common was conveyed to the Metropolitan Board of Works and was subsequently administered by the London County Council and Greater London Council before maintenance responsibility passed to the London Borough of Lambeth in 1971.The Common had a long tradition of cricket playing from the 18th century, and the right to play cricket is enshrined in the Supplementary Act that brought the common into public ownership.As well as the historic common, there is also an adjacent formal garden, The Rookery, laid out on the site of one of Streatham's historic mineral wells. The Rookery is well known for its old cedar trees and White Garden designed in the same style as that at Sissinghurst Castle. The gently sloping lawns of The Rookery are used as an open-air theatre in the summer.The south east end of Streatham Common and Rookery Gardens abut Norwood Grove within the London Borough of Croydon to form part of a larger series of green spaces along the ridge line from Streatham to Crystal Palace.Put Streatham Common into our London itinerary maker to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in London.
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Reliable trains. Places to eat. Lots of building work. What more can I say about streatham common. It's
Variety is the keyword for the uses being made of the Common. There are people on their own sitting on the grass, admiring the sweeping view from the top of the hill or strolling. The more energetic a... read more »
Lovely outing yesterday afternoon of a picnic with family and friends. The Rookery is worth a visit and to be explored. Just take to the left at the walking path and you'll find it. We spotted a lily ... read more »
Too many kids running around screaming in the Rookery. Plenty of other space for screaming; no need to ruin other people's rate opportunity for quiet contemplation.
Lovely atmosphere, not too packed. Amazing garden hidden in the back of the park.
Lovely open space park, good on a sunny day. Must see on kite day.
Nice open space with free parking at the north end. The rookery is very nice and it has tennis courts
Love this park. Nice and relaxing
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