Ashburton Park

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Ashburton Park
Ashburton park pétanque terrain (12562292033).jpg
Ashburton Park pétanque terrain
TypePark
LocationWoodside
Nearest cityLondon Borough of Croydon, UK
Coordinates51°23′07″N 0°04′02″W / 51.38519°N 0.06709°W / 51.38519; -0.06709Coordinates: 51°23′07″N 0°04′02″W / 51.38519°N 0.06709°W / 51.38519; -0.06709
Area18.5 acres (7.5 ha)
Created1924
OpenAll year (closed at night)

Ashburton Park is a park located in Woodside, in the London Borough of Croydon, and takes its name from nearby Ashburton.

The park is located close to Woodside tram stop, where Tramlink services the park. It is on the junction of Lower Addiscombe Road and Spring Lane. The park covers an area of 18.5 acres (7.5 ha)[1] and includes a village green, pétanque terrain, bowling green, tennis and basketball courts and a café.

History[edit]

The site was once the location of Woodside Convent,[2] and the property has changed hands many times since then. A mansion was built on the site in 1788.[2] Croydon Corporation bought the house and grounds by Compulsory Purchase Order in 1924.[2] Most of the buildings were torn down, with a putting green (no longer there) being laid on the site.[2] The only remaining part of the house was the c. 1878 extension which became Ashburton Library.[3] The library was relocated in 2006–2007 to the nearby Ashburton School and the building fell into disrepair.[3]

Despite the neglect of the café and former library building the local council have spent some money on renovating the public toilets, improving the children's playing park and adding some features for joggers and fun runners on the perimeter paths.[4]

The Friends of Ashburton Park group, launched in September 2013, have come together to put the former library back into community use.[3]

In December 2017, the park was due to host the Croydon Winter Festival, with seasonal events including ice-skating.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ashburton Park". London Borough of Croydon. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Winterman, M.A. (1988). Croydon's Parks: An illustrated history. London Borough of Croydon, Parks and Recreation Department. pp. 9–10. ISBN 0951348108.
  3. ^ a b c "Friends of Ashburton Park". Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Fitness Trails". Friends of Ashburton Park. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Croydon Winter Festival, Ashburton Park, Dec 8-Jan 2". insidecroydon.com. 24 October 2017. Retrieved 20 November 2017.

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