Summary

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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.

Location information:

Address: St Faith's Street, ME14 1JU

Locality: Maidstone

Local Authorities:

Kent; Maidstone

Historical County: Kent

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 188 Grid Ref: TQ758560
Latitude: 51.276 Longitude: 0.51906

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is a municipal site for general public use. Please see:
http://www.tour-maidstone.com/default.aspx?page=311

Key information:

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

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 2

Description

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

History

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)

Features

bandstand

Creator: Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens (born 29/03/1869 died 01/01/1944)

War memorial

flower bed

Rose beds.

planting

Scented garden.

References

Organisations associated with this site

Kent Gardens Trust

Sources of information

A Presentation of Parks: A survey of amenity parks and gardens in Kent

Kent Gardens Trust A Presentation of Parks: A survey of amenity parks and gardens in Kent (Kent Gardens Trust) 17

Brenchley Gardens Conservation Management Plan

Land Use Consultants Brenchley Gardens Conservation Management Plan (1998)

Contributor or Recorder Kent Gardens Trust

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