Kelsey Park

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Kelsey Park

Kelsey Park is a public park in Beckenham in the borough of Bromley, South London. It historically formed the landscaped park of the Kelsey Manor Estate.

History[edit]

The original mansion was built was built around 1408 for William Kelshulle and demolished around 1800.[1] A second mansion was built for Richard Bennett around that time and then acquired by Peter Richard Hoare, the elder (a partner in the banking firm C. Hoare & Co) in 1835.[1] Peter Richard Hoare, the elder converted the manor into a rambling Gothic Revival house.[1] The house passed to Peter Richard Hoare, the younger in 1849: he added a chapel, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, in 1869.[1] It then passed to Charles Arthur Richard Hoare in 1877.[2] The land adjoining Wickham Road was sold in the 1890s and laid out with large Arts and Crafts movement houses designed by Francis Hooper.[3] The house became a convent for the Sisters of All Saints in 1895 and then became Kepplestone School for the Daughters of Gentlemen in 1901.[1] Following the death of Charles Arthur Richard Hoare in 1908, Beckenham Urban District Council acquired the estate in 1911.[1]

Kelsey Park was officially opened to the public by Right Honourable John Burns MP, President of the Local Government Board, on 31 May 1913.[4] The house itself was used by the British Army during World War I and was demolished in 1921.[1]

Kelsey Park Sports College which was opened in 1968 takes its name from the fact it was built on the historic Kelsey Park Estate; however following Academy conversion in September 2011 it was renamed to Harris Academy Beckenham.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Kelsey Estate". Beckenham History. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "St Barnabas Beckenham". Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  3. ^ Nairn's London, Ian Nairn, 1965
  4. ^ "Beckenham’s Kelsey Park prepares to mark 100 years of opening to the public". Bromley Times. 29 May 2013. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Beckenham School at centre of Harris Academy row deemed ‘satisfactory’". Bromley Times. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 

Coordinates: 51°24′07″N 0°01′23″W / 51.402°N 0.023°W / 51.402; -0.023