5) What was in our park?
What was in our park?
1) Background Information
The Industrial Revolution led to the cheaper production of cast iron, which could be shaped into intricate forms for use in parks such as bandstands, seats, shelters, urinals, clocks, gates and railings. Glass, too, could also be more commercially produced, and was used in glass and palm houses for showing exotic trees and plants.
The designs of structures and buildings in parks were sometimes influenced by other cultures, at a time when Britain’s empire was at its height. They included Indian and Chinese motifs, then later, Japanese. Decorative elements from past civilisations such as ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt were also used. The Gothic and Italianate styles, popular at the time with many councils for their civic buildings, were also used for park buildings and structures. In some parks, rustic features were built to create more romantic and picturesque landscapes, as part of the desire to help people escape from their grim home environment.
Iron and glass were used extensively
Stanley Park Palm House and railings circa 1906: © Liverpool Record Office