TQ2761 : Information Board in Oaks Park

taken 3 months ago, near to Woodmansterne, Surrey, Great Britain

Information Board in Oaks Park
Information Board in Oaks Park
This information board is in Oaks Park which is accessible from the A2022 (Croydon Lane) road, the postcode being SM7 3BA. It has the following wording:

Welcome to the historic park
and gardens of Oaks Park

This was formerly part of a much larger estate of some 180 odd acres
(see inset map below) and was the site of one of the great 18th century
sporting houses in England.

Upper left
It was here that the 12th Earl of Derby and his friends established two
prestigious horse races: The Oaks and The Derby, which survives today. The
Oaks was also the scene of a famous Fête Champêtre (a rural festival) in
1774 to celebrate the betrothal of the Earl to Lady Betty Hamilton. No
expense was spared and was attended by the great and the good of Georgian
After passing through several ownerships, the estate was acquired by
Carshalton Urban District Council in 1933 and was developed as a public
park and a golf course. By a deed of October 1945, the Urban District
Council covenanted with Surrey and London Councils the use of the park and
declared the land to be part of the London Green Belt around London.
The house was demolished between 1956-60 leaving the Bakehouse and
outbuildings, of which the Former Stables, Coach-house (8 on the map) and
the Grotto (3), are grade II listed in recognition of their historical
importance. In the upper south meadow is an outline of the house in chalk
(7). There are also a number of interpretation boards to explain some of
the historical monuments.

The Design
The framework of the park was created by the Earl of Derby in the manner
of Capability Brown with a belt of trees around the perimeter and in
carefully placed groups to create the perfect landscape. The avenue to the
lower gate was created in the 19th century and there has been much infill
planting. The park was devastated in the great storm of October 1987 with
the loss of some 15,000 trees, but through replanting and natural
regeneration the park remains a very attractive place.

Lower left
Small map of Oaks Park
There are a number of good walks in and around the park. These include:
Oaks Park Nature Trail --- This is a two mile stroll through the formal
gardens, meadowlands and woodlands of Oaks Park. The trail starts by the
Persian Iron Tree (near the children's play area) and finishes by the Oaks
Park Café.
The Sutton Countryside Walk, a 5 mile circular walk, which starts and
finishes in Oaks Park, and takes you via recognised footpaths through the
nearby lavender field, through pasture land, woodlands and small holdings,
providing excellent views of the countryside.
Section 6 of the London Loop (from Coulsdon South Station to Banstead
Downs), passes through the park.
Leaflets on the Natural Trail and the Sutton Countryside Walk are
available from the café. More information on the London Loop is available
on the information board in the formal garden in the park.

Upper right
Large map of Oaks Park

Lower right
1) Café
2) Formal Garden
3) Grotto
4) Car park
5) Bakehouse
6) Ha-ha
7) Site of 18th century house
8) Old stable block, artists' studios
9) Garage
10) Children's play area
11) South Lodge
12) Lavender Fields (Mayfield Lavender)
13) Oaks Farm (Now in private ownership)
14) Former walled garden (Now in private ownership)
15) Golf course (No access)
16) Camp site
17) North Lodge

This information board is sponsored by the Friends of Oaks Park and funded
by Carshalton and Clockhouse Local Committee
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Date Taken
Friday, 9 July, 2021   (more nearby)
Sunday, 25 July, 2021
Geographical Context
Suburb, Urban fringe 
Park (from Tags)
Oaks Park 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2751 6117 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:20.1200N 0:10.2587W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 2753 6116
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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