Park of the Month- May 2023
Lammas Park & Lammas Enclosure
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Lammas Park may not have the glamour of its neighbour Walpole Park, but it is nonetheless an interesting park to spend time in with a number of interesting features.
Today the Park is a formal park of 25 acres and derives its name from 'lammas' land – land on which manor tenants could graze cattle after a harvest in medieval times.
1881 was a time of major development in Ealing with lots of houses being erected in the area, so the then Ealing Local Board concerned that this would be lost as open space, purchased it for use as a park; compensation was paid to those who lost their grazing rights! It officially opened in 1883 and was subsequently extended west to Northfield Lane by arrangement with the Elers Estate when a lodge was built at the new entrance.
The new park proved very popular and there was soon two bowling greens, shelters for the bowling club and cricketers, and a 'tea chalet' for those playing tennis and croquet, with 19 lawn tennis courts and 4 croquet lawns by 1911. The park once had a bandstand and over 50 flower beds, these were mostly removed by 1958. In January 1949 a small War Memorial was erected by the Boy Scouts near the South Lodge entrance.
Today Lammas Park is a multi purpose park, and is the home to the very successful annual Ealing Half Marathon. It has wide playing fields, multi use games pitches (operated by ParkSports); open air exercise equipment; there are distance markers around the edge of the park for those walkers and runners; the Edwardian Clubhouse home to the Croquet Club where you can pay and play is still there with two croquet fields. The Clubhouse also currently hosts a personal trainer. There are two playgrounds one for older children and a nature play area and playground for little ones. There are a variety of lovely old trees around the edges of the park and a variety of shrubs. At the two main entrances you can see the original park keepers lodges and of course the small memorial is still there. There is also a picturesque coffee cart Bean & Scone serving hot and cold drinks, scones and a variety of cakes.
Across the road Lammas Enclosure is also a sports orientated area with tennis courts (ParkSports) a Boules/Pentanque pitch and a cafe.
Lammas Enclosure is also home to the Community Orchard and a Forest School. The fenced off Community Orchard is a small wild area with fruit trees and some magical nooks and crannies for children to explore.
Access: Culmington Road, Elers Road, Northfields Avenue and Clovelly Road.
Transport: Tube: Northfields (Piccadilly line) or South Ealing (Piccadilly line), Bus: E2, E3, 65. Alternative bus: 83, 207, E8, E10, and N207. Walk through Walpole Park from the Uxbridge Road.
Ealing Council has also produced the following 3.2 km Health Walk combining Walpole and Lammas Parks:
Start and finish: War Memorial in front of Pitshanger Manor, Ealing Green
Distance: 3.2 km (1.98 miles)
Transport: Bus 65; tube and rail Ealing Broadway
Parking: Limited –meters and chargeable car parks nearby
Facilities: Soane's Kitchen in the Kitchen Garden for indoor seated refreshments. Soane’s Pantry in the Richard the park sells ice creams and drinks when open.
Accessibility: This walk is suitable for wheelchairs
This is an easy and level walk linking two parks. The walk can be varied easily by taking different paths.
From the war memorial, turn left in front of Pitshanger Manor to enter Walpole Park. There is a walled kitchen garden on the left. Take the path on the left, cross a bridge over a water feature and continue with the playground on your left. Keep straight ahead, passing a lake on the right. At the end turn onto the left path around the park edge. Turn right out of the main gate into Lammas Park Gardens. Carefully cross Culmington Road into Elers Road. After a few yards turn left through a gate into Lammas Park. Turn right onto the path and follow it round the park, passing the play centre on the right. Continue past the playground on the left. Pass the lodge house and the gate onto Northfields Avenue and continue on the path round the edge of the park, passing a gate on the right and a croquet green on the left. Go through the gate onto Culmington Road and cross carefully into Beaconsfield Road. Turn left into Lammas Enclosure. Follow the path straight ahead between a meadow area and tennis courts. Cross Lammas Park Gardens and re-enter Walpole Park through the main gate. Turn right and follow the path round, passing Ealing Studios on the right and a playground and shelter on the left. Turn right to cross the bridge back to the war memorial and the starting point.