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Brief description of site

Northwood Park was originally a 19th-century landscape park with pleasure grounds. The pleasure grounds were presented to Cowes Town Council in 1929, and have been used as a public park ever since. The landscape park was redeveloped in the 20th century.

Brief history of site

The park and pleasure grounds were originally developed by the Ward family from 1800 to 1817. By 1844 the layout of the pleasure grounds had changed, and continued to evolve throughout the 19th century. The pleasure grounds were presented to Cowes Town Council by the Ward family in 1929 and have been retained as a public park, now in the care of the Isle of Wight Council. The landscape park was re-developed mainly after World War II, with the land now occupied by Cowes High School, Cowes Golf Club and the Crossfield housing estate.

Location information:

Address: Northwood Park, Ward Avenue, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 8AY

Locality: Isle of Wight

Local Authorities:

Isle of Wight; Cowes

Historical County: Hampshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 196 Grid Ref: SZ493963
Latitude: 50.7642 Longitude: -1.30234


In Cowes
Southern Vectis bus service no.1 stops at Park Gates.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is a public park, open daily throughout the year. Please telephone 01 983 296825.

Visitor information:

Tennis courts
Pitch and Putt
Car parking

Key information:

Form of site: public park

Purpose of site: urban park

Context or principal building: public buildings

Site first created: 1800 to 1817

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 10

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