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People's Parks

People's Parks
The Design and Development of Victorian Parks in Britain

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  • Date Published: August 1991
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print June 1993
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521390705

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  • This book identifies the main national and international influences on the development of municipal and other public parks in nineteenth-century Britain, relating these influences to the design and use of parks and clarifying the significance of the achievement. Municipal parks made an important contribution to the urban environment, developing within a social, economic and political context which profoundly affected people's attitudes towards recreation. The promoters of parks wanted them to facilitate education and entertainment, and they reflected this in their design, buildings, statues, bandstands and planting. Towards the end of the century, disused inner-city burial grounds were transformed into the open space much needed for public recreation. There are detailed sections on park development, design and use, a summary of main relevant legislation, and a chronological gazetteer of the earliest municipal and other public parks, with details of their size and how they were created and the name of their designer. The book is fully illustrated with contemporary plans, photographs and lithographs.

    • A highly readable account of the design, development and use of parks in Victorian Britain
    • Entertaining survey of the traditional features of public parks - everything from the Pergoda and the Bandstand to the Drinking Fountain and the Urinal
    • Not just about the big London parks: lots of pictures are of smaller parks and arboretums in towns all over Britain
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    'Hazel Conway knows everything about Victorian municipal parks.' Economist

    '… excellent study.' Country Life

    '… the publication of People's Parks provides the most well researched and thoroughly documented book on the subject to date.' Garden History

    'On the sociological and institutional aspects of the topic (municipal parks), Conway's book is clearly the best researched and most informative to date.' The Garden

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 1991
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521390705
    • length: 305 pages
    • dimensions: 257 x 182 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.792kg
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print June 1993
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    1. Public parks and municipal parks
    2. The need for parks
    3. Pioneering park development
    4. The park movement
    5. Design and designers
    6. Lodges, bandstands and the cultivation of virtue
    7. Local pride and patriotism
    8. Planting and park maintenance
    9. Permitted pastimes
    10. Recreation grounds, parks and the urban environment References

  • Author

    Hazel Conway

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