Wed 12 Apr 2023
At the heart of Dollis Hill, straddling Neasden and Cricklewood is beautiful Gladstone Park. It draws in families and visitors from across London - but for Hooper's Estate Agents, it's on our doorstep. It spans an incredible 86 acres, featuring meadows, tree-lined avenues, a walled garden, a duck pond, sports pitches, tennis courts, dog walking, an outdoor gym, and children's playgrounds. In short, everything you could want from an easily accessible green space!
History Of Gladstone Park
Gladstone Park comes with an interesting history. The arrival of the Great Central Railway towards the end of the 19th century drove the loss of sports fields at Neasden. This motivated local public backing for a new park in the area. There was strong support for the council to buy land from local wealthy landowners, the Finch family, who owned and ran the semi-rural Dollis Hill Estate.
With funding from a range of sources, the contract to complete the purchase was made in August 1899. Despite some reservations, it was formally decided to name the park after former Liberal Prime Minister Sir William Gladstone who had died the previous year and who had spent many years using Dollis Hill House as his weekend retreat. After much fanfare, the park was opened on 25 May 1901 by the Earl of Aberdeen.
The northern part of the park was kept in its pristine, heathland state, while the area to the south was developed for various sports. And the development of the park has continued over the years - in 2003-2004, Gladstone Park underwent a Heritage Lottery Fund refurbishment programme which restored many features. The modern park features a formal rose garden, scattered patches of woodland and - from the park's highest point looking south - are views taking in the City of London, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and even the Shard.
The very top of the park features a pond and the remaining walls of Dollis Hill House, an historic home which was visited - among others - by the famous American author Mark Twain. On the footprint of Dollis House now stands some renovated ruins, which offer visitors beautiful views of the park. A nod to history is also to be found at the park's war memorial. The sculpture by Fritz Kormis depicts a group of five figures bearing the inscription "To the memory of prisoners of war and victims of concentration camps, 1914-1945".
Coffee & Community In Gladstone Park
There are also two cafes, Stables Cafe near Dollis Hill Lane and Pavilion Cafe near Melrose Gate. Whether you're just stopping off for a leisurely cup of coffee or some fresh breakfast and lunch options, both cafes offer a wide variety of choice in a peaceful, natural setting.
This valuable local amenity really is a community hub and a partnership of Brent Council and local residents come together in the form of The Friends of Gladstone Park. The Friends organise a range of community activities including nature walks, tree walks, bat walks, gardening and litter picking. For children, events include Insect Hotel Making Days and Bird Box Making Days.
There is much local pride in the fact that the park holds a Green Flag award - the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK. And it is this - combined with all the other amenities - that makes it the most visited park in Brent borough.
To find out more about the property market in the area around Gladstone Park, get in touch with Hooper's Estate Agents today. We offer friendly, honest advice about our neighbourhood - which we have proudly served for almost 40 years.