Detailed Survey of Bedford Park Estate Completed

The Bedford Park Society announces completion of the first phase of its groundbreaking "From Knowledge Comes Care " programme

Bedford Park, which influenced so much housing design of the first half of the 20th century, includes houses by Norman Shaw, E W Godwin , E J May and Maurice Adams. Built between 1875 and 1892 the estate has been described as "the first garden suburb" because of its treelined streets and informal layout. It predates Hampstead Garden Suburb by almost 30 years.

In a "first" for any conservation society, the BPS has carried out a detailed survey of all the 356 listed buildings on the Bedford Park estate, this will be incorporated with generic information about the area and its buildings, planning legislation, history and technical notes into a Log Book which will be lodged with every house. The information on each building is maintained on
a database which will allow details on the houses to be easily available to the local planning department, the society and home owners.

Despite the fact that the houses in Bedford Park are listed Grade 2, the Society was keen to ensure that new owners fully understood the significance of their houses. With house prices at over £2million, people moving into the neighbourhood can afford to extensively refurbish their home — it is essential that this work is carried out sensitively.

The FKCC programme has been made possible by a generous donation from Eleanor Greeves whose late husband Tom formed the society in 1963.

If you are a Bedford Park Listed Building resident, then please collect your log book at the Parish Hall on Saturday 30th November 2002 between 10am and midday. If you are not available to do so please arrange for a friend to collect it on your behalf as this greatly assists the logistics of distributing 400 or so bulky folders. For more details see Listed House Log Books Collection or email Peter Murray at

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