Croydon Road Recreation Ground, Beckenham, c. 1900
As Beckenham turned from village to town, the recreational needs of the population changed.
The traditional rural pastimes of cricket and racing became difficult as more land was covered by houses and it became necessary to set aside designated places for leisure activities. Recreation grounds suited a variety of purposes and the one in Croydon Road opened in 1891 complete with bandstand and this ornate water fountain.
Popular for both informal leisure and celebrating important occasions, the park continues to fulfil an important function.
Sadly the ornate fountain has not survived. It was replaced by this somewhat less interesting structure.