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        Random photos of Beddington Park which include Carew Manor, Dovecote and St Mary's Church.

        Text from Friends of Beddington:

          'Beddington Park was originally part of the deer park attached to Carew Manor, which was once a major country house. At its height in the Tudor period the park occupied almost all the land between Mitcham Common, Beddington Lane, Croydon Road and London Road.

          'At the beginning of the 18th century a long canal-like lake was created in front of Carew Manor. There were avenues of trees along either side and two other avenues radiating out across the park from the west front of the house.

          'By the mid-18th century the fortunes of the Carew family had declined and most of the northern part of the park had been converted into fields. The southern part survived as a deer park until the Carew estate was sold in 1859. Shortly after this the park was acquired by Canon Alexander Henry Bridges, the wealthy rector of Beddington. Bridges lived in Beddington House in Bridges Lane, a short distance from the park. Bridges filled in the long narrow lake and replaced the avenue of trees along it. He carried out a great deal of planting including the shelter belt along the north side of the park and the round spinneys within it. Most of the older trees in the park date from his time.

          'Notable features in the park include:

          'East Lodge at the end of Church Road near Carew Manor School. This is dated 1877 and was built by Bridges to house his gate-keeper. It was designed by Joseph Clarke, one of the leading Victorian church 'restorers'. The design is clearly influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement which Bridges evidently favoured.

          'The early 18th century octagonal brick dovecote.

          'Canon Bridges' Bridge over the Wandle near the Dovecote. This is of terracotta made by the Watcombe Pottery, Torquay, and was commissioned by Canon Bridges as it bears his initials. The west side of the bridge was rebuilt after being damaged by a falling tree in the 1987 gale.

          'Flint and stone bridge above the Grange Lake was probably also made for Bridges. Note the carving along the top of the adjacent riverside wall. The kidney-shaped pond in the centre of the park was made for Bridges.

          'Bridges also commissioned an elaborate wooden cricket pavilion from architect Joseph Clarke, again in the Arts and Crafts style, which has not survived.

          'Beddington Park is a site of considerable archaeological importance and contains may slight earthworks which are probably of mediaeval and later dates.'

        Hover over each thumbnail image for details on picture and click on each to open a bigger picture. Most of these photos are available as signed prints. Please e-mail for details. I'd be grateful if the photos are not used without prior permission. Please e-mail any request for usage or to obtain any photo without the copyright wording.

        - Paul Page (2009)

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Brigde at Plough Lane towards Croydon - Feb. 09 River Wandle, near Beddington pPark - Feb. 09 Carew Manor from Beddington Park Cottages - Feb. 09 Dovecote, Beddington Park Cottages - Feb. 09 Beddington Park - Feb. 09 Beddington Park - Feb. 09 Carew Manor, Beddington Park - Feb. 09 Carew Manor, Beddington Park - Feb. 09
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Brigde at Plough Lane towards Croydon - Feb. 09 River Wandle, near Beddington Park - Feb. 09 Carew Manor from Beddington Park Cottages - Feb. 09 Dovecote, Beddington Park Cottages - Feb. 09 Beddington Park - Feb. 09 Beddington Park - Feb. 09 Carew Manor, Beddington Park - Feb. 09 Carew Manor, Beddington Park - Feb. 09
        Carew Manor, Beddington Park - Feb. 09 Carew Manor, Beddington Park - Feb. 09 St Mary's Church, Beddington Park - Feb. 09 St Mary's Church, Beddington Park - Feb. 09 St Mary's Church, Beddington Park - Feb. 09 St Mary's Church, Beddington Park - Feb. 09 St Mary's Church, Beddington Park - Feb. 09 St Mary's Church, Beddington Park - Feb. 09
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