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Brief description of site

This is the site of Bournemouth's 19th-century ornamental public gardens. The gardens cover some 20.5 hectares, and have been further developed in the 20th century. There is considerable variation in features, with belts of trees, shrubbery, and lawns, crossed by winding paths, and open areas with promenades, formal bedding, and views of the sea and public buildings.

Brief history of site

The Lower Pleasure Gardens were laid out for private use in the 1840s, and became town property in 1873. The Upper and Central Pleasure Gardens were laid out 1871-1889 by the Bournemouth Improvement Commissioners.

Location information:

Address: Pleasure Gardens, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 1LG

Locality: Dorset

Local Authorities:


Historical County: Hampshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 195 Grid Ref: SZ087911
Latitude: 50.7195 Longitude: -1.87812

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Opening contact details:

These gardens are for general public use.

Key information:

Form of site: public park

Purpose of site: pleasure garden

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 1840 to 1889

Main period of development: 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 20.5

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