Norman Park, Bromley

Norman Park is a recreation ground in Bromley, England.[2]

Norman Park
Ravensbourne River.jpg
Bridge over the stream known as the Ravensbourne River
TypePublic park
LocationHayes, Bromley, England
Coordinates51°23′17″N 0°01′35″E / 51.3879977°N 0.0262669°E / 51.3879977; 0.0262669Coordinates: 51°23′17″N 0°01′35″E / 51.3879977°N 0.0262669°E / 51.3879977; 0.0262669
Area56 acres[1]
Created1934[1]
Operated byLondon Borough of Bromley
StatusOpen year round
Websitebromley.gov.uk/directory_record/1212736/norman_park

It has a playground and athletics track,[3] and hosts events such as a music festivals,[4] weekly organised Parkruns[5] and yearly car shows.[6]

A 2 kilometre pathway circles the park making it popular with joggers, cyclists and dog-walkers.

The former park keeper's lodge is being converted by Mencap into an office and three business units that will teach people that fall under Mencap remit horticulture, bicycle repair and catering whilst also being viable businesses.[7] The catering unit for example will take the form of a café which will meet a need of the park not covered by a permanent solution.

The park for the most part does not share its borders with any housing (instead bordered by farmland and Scrogginhall Wood[8]), giving the park a sense of space and reducing risk that noise affects neighbours.

HistoryEdit

The 1st edition OS Map of 1871 shows the site as farmland. The park is named after the Norman family whose estates once dominated Bromley;[9] their name dates back to 1661. The land for Norman Park was acquired from A C Norman by Bromley Council in 1934 for £24,000 to provide land for leisure activities.[1]

A stream called the Ravensbourne[10] runs for 300 metres across the park. Whilst originally hidden underground[11] in steel and concrete pipe (called a Culvert)[12] in 2000 it was re-exposed (known as daylighting) and planting was put around it.

See alsoEdit

Images of the park can be seen on the site GeoGraph using the park's Ordnance Survey National Grid reference.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c historian), Wilson, Jean (Local (2012). Hayes : a history of a Kentish village. Woodman, Trevor, 1939-2007. Bromley: J. Wilson. ISBN 9780951517826. OCLC 808490838.
  2. ^ Bromley, London Borough of. "Parks in Bromley". www.bromley.gov.uk. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  3. ^ Administrator. "Norman Park Track Management - Norman Park Track Management". www.nptm.co.uk. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Nostalgia Fest @ Norman Park, Bromley". Ents24. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Bromley parkrun | Bromley parkrun". www.parkrun.org.uk. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Home | Bromley Pageant". www.bromleypageant.co.uk. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  7. ^ "FUNDING BOOST FOR BROMLEY MENCAP - Bromley Mencap". Bromley Mencap. 9 September 2016. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Thames Tributary Ravensbourne - Norman Park". edithsstreets.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Norman Park". www.parksandgardens.org. 20. Retrieved 30 July 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  10. ^ "The Ravensbourne in Norman Park Recreation Ground". London Traveller. 21 December 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  11. ^ "NORMAN PARK". domesday. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Case study:Norman Park Bromley. - RESTORE". restorerivers.eu. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Geograph:: The River Ravensbourne in Norman Park... (C) Mike Quinn". www.geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 4 August 2017.