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Scadbury Park

Scadbury Park is a Local Nature Reserve[1][2] in Chislehurst in the London Borough of Bromley. It is also a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation.[3] It is over 300 acres, and is part of an extensive wildlife corridor together with Petts Wood and the Jubilee Country Park.[4]

It has large areas of ancient woodland, especially oaks, and flowers include Lily of the Valley, which is rare in London. Ponds have London's largest population of protected Great Crested Newts. Much of it is undisturbed grassland,[3] and it also includes a working farm.[5]

The main entrance is in Old Perry Street. The entrance piers, still exist. [6] Also a West Lodge to the estate still exists, also on Old Perry Street.[7] The London Loop passes through it from Sidcup By-Pass Road near its junction with Perry Street to St Paul's Cray Road.

History

The site is first mentioned in the thirteenth century, when it was owned by the de Scathebury family,[8] and in 1314 John de Scathebury built a moated manor house which is archaeologically significant.[9] From 1424 to about 1655 it was owned by the Walsinghams, including Christopher Marlowe's patron, Sir Thomas Walsingham. Queen Elizabeth I's spymaster, Francis Walsingham, was born there. It was purchased by the London Borough of Bromley in 1983 and opened to the public in 1985.[8]

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References

  1. ^ "Scadbury Park". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Map of Scadbury Park". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Scadbury Park, St Paul's Cray Common, Pett's Wood & Hawkwood Estate". Greenspace Information for Greater London. 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Scadbury Park Local Nature Reserve, London Borough of Bromley
  5. ^ Scadbury Park noticeboard
  6. ^ http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-358544-pair-of-gate-piers-opposite-school-house
  7. ^ http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2554152
  8. ^ a b Friends of Scadbury Park
  9. ^ Scadbury Park, Capital Woodlands

External sites

  • Friends of Scadbury Park

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