Living on Fieldend
Fieldend in Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, is widely considered to be one of the most appealing of Eric Lyons’ Span estates. Fieldend is a group of 51 houses set in 5 acres of landscaped gardens.
The houses were built in 1960–61, and soon picked up a number of awards, including a Civic Trust Award (1962) and a Housing Gold Award (1961). More recently, Fieldend has been designated a Conservation Area in recognition of its architectural merit and excellent landscaping.
Strawberry Hill is a popular residential area in the London Borough of Richmond-Upon-Thames. Teddington and Twickenham high streets are both one mile away. Teddington has a good selection of restaurants, cafés and shops. Twickenham has a range of shops and pubs including a Waitrose and also has a farmers’ market on Saturdays.
Fieldend is a wonderful, idyllic place to live, safe, with great play areas, great landscaping and light and airy houses. Cars are parked away from the houses; People have to walk around the paths that wind through the woodland-style communal grounds and meet one another.
Originally predominantly occupied by young professionals, Fieldend residents now span a wide age range. Many have never left since buying their houses in the sixties, some houses are now home to second-generation "Fieldenders" and their families, in recent years a revived interest in sharp, modernist architecture has attracted new young professional families to the estate.
“Ever wished you lived somewhere where a sense of community still existed, where kids could play safely outside, and neighbours were friends, not strangers? Well, places like this do exist: they’re called span developments.”
Grand Designs magazine,
feature on Span,
Welcome to Fieldend is a handy PDF booklet that gives you the key information you need about living on the estate.