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Paddling Pool status update
The Paddling Pool is currently closed for the winter.
There is a currently a problem
with the water supply which is being repaired
Beckenham Concert Band will play near the Bowie Bandstand
Gate Lodge and adjacent Gateway to
Croydon Road Recreation Ground
HISTORIC ENGLAND HAS STATED THE FOLLOWING REASONS FOR DESIGNATION DECISION
The gate lodge and gateway to Croydon Road Recreation Ground, Beckenham, built in 1890 to 1891, are recommended for listing at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
A late Victorian gate lodge forming a strong architectural composition alongside the gateway at the entrance to the park, including wooden verandas, a circular bay window for the supervision of the park covered by an elegant ogee dome, and a pyramidal roof rising to a tall central chimney stack;
The lodge survives relatively well and compares favourably to listed lodges of the period.
For the historic association with the wider expansion of the public park movement in the late 19th century, following the Public Health Act (1875), when parks developed in suburbs and small towns for recreation and as an expression of civic pride.
As a component of a fine late Victorian and Edwardian ensemble alongside the Grade II-listed (2019) Bowie Bandstand (1905), which is also associated with the 1969 Summer Growth Festival and David Bowies rise to fame after performing in the park, adjacent to housing of the same period.
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