Stop 15: Manor Park

A drawing of Cookham Dene, 1888
Today from Manor Park - a different aspect

Manor Park was laid out in the 19th century and a number of impressive Victorian Mansions were built along its length. It extends south into Petts Wood with St Pauls Cray Common to the east and Coopers Grounds to the west.

Cookham Dene, a large Arts and Crafts style house, was designed by Sir Aston Webb, eminent architect for his brother, the principal author of The History of Chislehurst. (Sir Aston Webb designed much of the Mall, from Admiralty Arch to the Queen Victoria Monument, and redesigned the facade of Buckingham Palace in 1913). The house can be seen today, as shown here.

Five large houses were designed by local architect George Somers Leigh Clarke: Walpole (his own home), Harley, Pelham, Manor Place and Walsingham. They are all easy to find and worth a look.

There has been much infilling over the last fifty years or so, and some of the original houses have been demolished, such as Lepel, shown right, but the road still has a country feel to it.

Look for the blue plaque at Manor Place honouring Sir Victor Shepheard, who lived here for over thirty years. An eminent naval architect, Shepheard designed the Royal Yacht Britannia.
At the very end of Manor Park, enter the woods. Follow the footpath eastwards to find Willett Memorial Wood. (Lat 51.406, Long 0.082)