Ashburton Hall

The new Ashburton Hall is renovation has been completed. Work on the new cafe extension is in progress.

Wet Picnic and opening of Ashburton Hall

The renovated Ashburton Hall was opened to the public for the first time on a very wet afternoon. It wasn’t the picnic weather but many people came to the Friends of Ashburton tent.

Big Dance Bus

Sunday 29 May 11am-4pm
fantastic performances by national and local dance companies and groups

2 July 2016, Big Dance Pledge public performance at Trafalgar Square

Orchard Planting

On 21 February 2016, FOAP planted 10 fruit trees and many bulbs in the area between the path and the bowling green.Thank you to everyone who helped out.
Ashburton Park Pavillon. Photo Vipul Sangoi

The Pavillon

Good news. The Council is to carry out an asbestos survey on the Pavillion, something that FOAP was previously expected to run with. This is needed before any works can be considered to the structure.

The Friends of Ashburton Park

aim to improve the park along with the public facilities and public buildings within the park perimeter.

Supporting Regeneration of Local Area

Support for the renovation of the buildings and regeneration of park continues to grow amongst the local community.

Open Public Meeting

held on 27th October 2015 at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church. The FOAP Committee brought together Croydon Council officers and local councillors to discuss the development of  Ashburton Park. The officers presented details on current status of the development of the library building. This was followed by a question answer session between the audience and the officers & the councillors.
The renovated Library building has been renovated and renamed as Ashburton Hall. The building was known as the Stroud Green House. It was purchased by Father Tooth to set up a convent. After purchase by the Council, the old convent became the local Ashburton Library. The reading room was in the cloister. It was later demolished in 1975 after repeated vandalism.

Ashburton Hall

The renovated Library building has been renovated and renamed as Ashburton Hall. The building was known as the Stroud Green House. It was purchased by Father Tooth to set up a convent. After purchase by the Council, the old convent became the local Ashburton Library. The reading room was in the cloister. It was later demolished in 1975 after repeated vandalism.

The Park Grounds

The grounds have undergone numerous changes over the centuries. It has had vineyards, stables, an Italian garden, croquet lawn, fine timber and ornamental lake. Today it has a running and walking track that needs to be repaired. There are tennis courts, children’s playground and a bowling green.

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Further advice from TfL regarding works near the park at Woodside tram lines

'work being carried out during the day this week, behind the Woodside tram stop to reduce vegetation. This work is required so the land can be used for future track maintenance works.

Work started last Friday and will take place until Friday 18 January 2019 between 07:30 and 16:00 only

As part of this work we will need to use a chipper (shredding plants/bushes) and chainsaw. As a result some noise will be generated. We will do all we can to keep disruption to a minimum, but please accept our apologies in advance if this important work disrupts you or your contacts and local residents any way.'

Mary Guruparan - FOAP Chair
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Advice from TfL regarding ongoing bridge works at Blackhorse Lane. Local residents will continue to be leafletted. Ashburton Park will also be utilised in small part.

'Restricted access to Elmers Road from 21 January
From Monday 21 January to the end of April 2019, we need to close the Elmers Road junction with Blackhorse Lane to vehicles so we can safely operate heavy plant and construction vehicles while working on the bridge over the railway park.

Vehicles will not be able to enter Elmers Road via Morland Road and Blackhorse Lane. Access will be via Stroud Road and Woodside Green. Local traffic will be diverted via Spring Lane and Woodside Green. Diversion routes will be clearly signposted.

Residential parking along Elmers Road will be unchanged. A vehicle turning space will be created at its junction with Blackhorse Lane to assist drivers. Walking and cycling access is also unchanged. Pedestrians will be directed to the opposite pavement along Morland Road for a safe walking route to and from Blackhorse Lane, Elmers Road and the tram stop.

In addition to the diversion boards we will be placing new ‘business open as usual’ messaging in the area.

Ashburton Park storage area
From Monday 21 January 2019 until work is complete, a small section of Ashburton Park, close to the Tenterden Road entrance will be used as a secure storage facility for heavy plant and construction equipment. Safe walking routes around the compound will be maintained at all times.

Temporary tram line closures
I would also like to take this opportunity to flag that this year there are times when the Beckenham Junction branch of the tram line will close to allow construction work to take place at the bridge over the tramway. The first closure is scheduled to take place from Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 February 2019.

In addition other tram line maintenance works will also see a series of weekend line closures in the area. Dates will be communicated using posters at tram stops, via social media and our website in due course. Tram replacement bus service will be provided. We will be asking customers to check our website before they travel for up to date information about these closures.'

- Mary Guruparan, Chair FOAP
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Proposed Plans

The Pavilion

The Pavilion is in a sorry state after years of neglect by Croydon Council. The original red tiled roof was replaced with felt tiles, a poor substitute. The café closed a few years ago and since then the structure has been locked up. The roof has succumbed to the elements and a number of the timbers are rotten. Hoarding now surrounds the structure. We are working with partner organisations who have volunteered their expertise in the structural and asbestos surveys. This is needed before any repair work can be carried out.

The walking and jogging track

Works to repair some of the paths across the park, including repairs to the car park were set to start in September 2015. More details on what exactly is going to be completed and the timeline for these works will be posted as we get them from the council.

The Sports Facilities

The FOAP is following up with the council to fix the tennis courts and other play areas used by the community.

Historical photos of the park.

It has existed for more than 200 years.

Photos courtesy Museum of Croydon Collections