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Brief description of site

Walsall Memorial Gardens were opened in 1952, having been designed by Geoffrey Jellicoe. The gardens are a memorial to the dead of the two World Wars and said to mark a significant stage in the evolution of Jellicoe's principles of design.

Brief history of site

The area south of St Matthew's church was at the heart of the medieval town of Walsall. Demolition south of the church in the mid-19th century and slum clearance in the 1930s left much of the area open. In 1947 Geoffrey Jellicoe was awarded a contract to design a scheme whereby the hilltop would be left open as a garden, to include a memorial to the town's war dead. The gardens opened in 1952.

Location information:

Address: Walsall, West Midlands, WS1 3RD

Locality: West Midlands

Local Authorities:

West Midlands; Walsall

Historical County: Staffordshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 139 Grid Ref: SP016982
Latitude: 52.5816 Longitude: -1.97782

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is a municipal park for general public use.

Key information:

Form of site: garden

Purpose of site: memorial garden

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 1952

Main period of development: Mid 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 2

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