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Brief description of site

Town Gardens were laid out as a public space in the late-19th and early-20th centuries on the site of old stone quarries. Further developments took place in the mid-20th century.

Brief history of site

Town Gardens were laid out in the late-19th and early-20th centuries on the undulating Okus Field. The Gardens were opened in May 1894 by Mr W Reynolds, Chairman of the Board. The northern area was laid out in 1902 and included a maze, a shelter, rustic bridges, and seats, to a design submitted by a Mr A John Gilbert. In the mid-20th century improvements were made to the Gardens, including the creation of a rose garden and bandstand with arena.

Location information:

Address: Town Gardens, Quarry Road, Swindon, SN1 4EN

Locality: Wiltshire

Local Authorities:

Swindon

Historical County: Wiltshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 173 Grid Ref: SU152834
Latitude: 51.5493 Longitude: -1.78218

Directions:

The entrance to the park is from Quarry Road or Westlecot Road. There is a public car park 250 metres away in Bath Road.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

Town Gardens form a municipal park open to the public.

Key information:

Form of site: public park

Purpose of site: urban park

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 1894 to 1902

Main period of development: Late 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 5

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