Great Parks, Great Designers

Great Parks, Great Designers

by Paul Rabbitts


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Much has been written about the history of Victorian life, the Industrial Revolution and the improvements brought about by the great reformers, including the many improvements to recreation and leisure. Public parks were one such introduction and many were laid out from the 1850s onwards and up until the beginning of the Second World War. Joseph Paxton is the most famous of our park designers, along with J. C. Loudon, James Pennethorne, and Thomas Mawson. We know very little of many of these great park designers, and especially the most notable municipal and borough designers such as Sexby, Sandys-Winsch and Pettigrew. These individuals designed some of our greatest parks, in our greatest cities – from Victoria Park and Battersea Park in London, to our much admired royal parks, to Philips Park in Manchester, and the wonderful parks of Norwich, Liverpool, Cardiff and beyond.This book fills in the gaps surrounding these great servants of the public. Included are biographies and histories of Joseph Paxton, James Pennethorne, Edward Milner, John Nash, Decimus Burton, Robert Marnock, William Barron, J. C. Loudon, J. J. Sexby, William Pettigrew, Captain Sandys-Winsch, John Gibson and Thomas H. Mawson. This is an essential read for anybody interested in the great designers of our greatest parks.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781445671970
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication date: 07/01/2018
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Paul Rabbitts has over twenty years of experience in designing, managing and restoring urban parks across the UK. As a qualified Landscape Architect and current Head of Parks for a SE Local Authority, he is also a published author and regular contributor to journals and periodicals. Currently head of parks for Watford Borough Council, he is also project director for the £6.5 million restoration of Cassiobury Park, as well as an author on books on Regent’s Park, Richmond Park, the royal parks and bandstands, on which he is acknowledged as a UK expert. He lives in Leighton Buzzard.

Table of Contents

Introduction 5

Park Design and Park Designers 6

Early Parks, Early Designers 11

John Nash (1752-1835) 11

J. C. Loudon (1783-1843) 11

Decimus Burton (1800-1881) 19

Robert Marnock (1800-1889) 24

James Pennethorne (1801-1871) 33

Joseph Paxton (1803-1865) 40

William Barron (1805-1891) 48

John Gibson (1815-1875) 50

Edward Kemp (1817-1891) 56

Edward Milner (1819-1884) 66

Alexander McKenzie (1829-1893) 75

Thomas Hayton Mawson (1861-1933) 78

The Great Municipal Designers 84

William Wallace Pettigrew (1867-1947) 84

John James Sexby (1848-1924) 86

Captain Arnold Edward Sandys-Winsch (1888-1964) 91

Bibliography 95

Books 95

Websites 95

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