Telegraph Hill Park (North) in Lewisham

Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham is divided into south and north, or upper and lower, by Kitto Road. I visited the South Park last week and today cross the road to walk in Telegraph Hill Park (North).

London Gardens Online (LGO) tells me that ‘…The northern part of the park was laid out on a narrow rectangle that slopes dramatically north and west… The park’s layout was designed by the LCC and included a bandstand, ponds and elaborate walks, with perimeter planting and a perimeter walk…’. 

Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham
Telegraph Hill Park c.1910 (www.ideal-homes.org.uk)
Telegraph Hill Park North today (Google maps)
Telegraphs Park today (Google Maps)

There are gates into the Park at each of the four corners and the Park is locked at night for protection.

LGO continues ‘…The northern park’s concrete-lined ponds were empty by 1995 and both shelter and bandstand had been demolished but the path layout remained and the pond has willows and shrubbery to the east, with notable plane trees to the north of the pond; banks along the east are planted with a shrubbery belt. The site of the shelter is south of the pond…’.

Telegraph Hill Park North
Looking down the hill in Telegraph Hill Park
Willow tree in Telegraph Hill Park
One of the willow trees around the ponds
Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham
Equiano

The children’s playground is in the middle of the Park, and next to it is a skate park and fenced-in basketball pitch.

  • Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham
  • Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham
  • Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham
  • Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham
  • Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham
  • Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham
  • Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham

LGO speaks of a ‘shelter’ in the Park – could they mean this building, toilets, between the ponds and the skatepark?

Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham
The toilets in Telegraph Hill Park

Yes, there are shrubberies in the park and probably the autumn is not the best time to enjoy them. I found hawthorn, philadelphus, pampas grass, dogwoods, and a flowering palm (I think it was this!). Of course there are other shrubs as well. The park has a meadow area which is railed off,

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  • Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham
  • Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham
  • Telegraph Hill Park
  • Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham
Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham
Shrub Border
Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham
Squirrel!

But the real glory of this Park in the autumn is in the trees and the colour of their leaves. In particular there are old and stately plane trees.

Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham
Old Plane Tree
Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham
Beech tree
Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham
Autumn in Telegraph Hill Park
Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham
Plane trees
Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham
Ash tree seeds
Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham
Beech

Telegraph Hill Park in Lewisham was originally owned by the LCC and then the GLC until 1971 when it transferred to Lewisham Council. This is a glorious park in South East London!

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