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Brief description of site

Wellington Park is an Edwardian public garden of 1.82 hectares, laid out by FW Meyer, landscape gardener for Messrs R Veitch and Sons of Exeter.

Brief history of site

In March 1902 a committee was appointed by Wellington Urban District Council to examine ways in which land for the creation of a public park or recreation ground could be obtained. The Council received a letter from Joseph Fox of Messrs Fox Bros & Co., offering to donate to the town not only 1.6 hectares of ground including the Beech Grove, but also to lay it out at the company's expense as a public park. Fox Bros appointed Robert Veitch & Sons of Exeter to design and lay out the park, the landscape scheme being provided by F W Meyer. The park was opened to the public at a ceremony held on 2 May 1903.

Location information:

Address: Wellington Park, Taunton Deane, TA21 8NG

Locality: Taunton

Local Authorities:

Somerset; Taunton Deane; Wellington

Historical County: Somerset

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 193 Grid Ref: ST133206
Latitude: 50.9783 Longitude: -3.23636

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is a municipal park, open daily from 8 am for general public use.

Key information:

Form of site: public park

Purpose of site: urban park

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 1902 to 1903

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 1.82

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