Brenchley Gardens, Maidstone, Maidstone , England
Record Id: 527
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Brief description of site
Brenchley Gardens is a public park of 2 hectares (4.9 acres), laid out to the 1871 plans of Alexander McKenzie. Its features include a Victorian bandstand and a war memorial designed by Edwin Lutyens.
Brief history of site
Brenchley Gardens were presented to the town by Mr Julius Brenchley in 1873.
Address: St Faith's Street, ME14 1JU
Historical County: Kent
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Form of site: public park
Purpose of site: urban park
Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces
Site first created: 1871 to 1873
Main period of development: Late 19th century
Site Size (Hectares): 2
The cenotaph stands near to the original bandstand and space has been found for several displaced urban artefacts.
Trees shade the garden and a good range of flowering and evergreen shrubs give interestthroughout the year. The tradition of colourful bedding schemes persists, as do the rose beds, a scented garden and the carpet bedding displays by the entrance.
The park is highly valued by the residents and visitors, shoppers and office-workers of Maidstone.
Owner: Maidstone Borough Council
King Street , Maidstone, Kent,
External web site link: http://www.tour-maidstone.com/default.aspx?page=311
Brenchley Gardens, by Maidstone Museum, were presented to the town by Mr Julius Brenchley in 1873 and have endured in the Victorian idiom for over 120 years.
People associated with this site
Architect: Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens (born 29/03/1869 died 01/01/1944)
Designer: Alexander McKenzie (born 1829 died 1893)
Creator: Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens (born 29/03/1869 died 01/01/1944)
Organisations associated with this site
Sources of information
Kent Gardens Trust A Presentation of Parks: A survey of amenity parks and gardens in Kent (Kent Gardens Trust) 17
Land Use Consultants Brenchley Gardens Conservation Management Plan (1998)
Contributor or Recorder Kent Gardens Trust
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