Summer Pavilion Gets Grade II Listed

  • 23rd March 2013

The Summer Pavilion at Beckenham Cricket Club was Grade II listed by English Heritage on 22 March 2013.

The timber-framed construction, with clay roof riles and brick plinth, was built in 1896 to replace an earlier smaller shelter, beside four grass-court tennis courts and bowls and croquet lawn.

English Heritage state the reasons for designation (list entry number: 1412897) are:

The Summer Pavilion at Beckenham Tennis Club is designated at Grade II for the following principal reasons:

* Architectural interest: as a good representative example of the bungalow-with-verandah style of pavilion which predominated in the late-Victorian and Edwardian eras;

* Degree of survival: it is substantially intact and retains the majority of its original fabric;

* Rarity: few intact examples of tennis pavilions survive from the early days of the sport;

* Historic interest: as an early facility for women at a club with a notable history within the sport of tennis, being one of the oldest clubs to remain at its original location and hosting the first ever ‘open’ grass court event open to both amateur and professional players from 1886.

For more information about the listing click here.