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Brief description of site

Bailey Park is an urban park with a grand entrance with gates and railings at the south-east side. There is marginal ornamental planting of beeches, and evergreens with footpaths. The grassed central area incorporates playing fields, a bowling green and a bandstand. At the north end is a small formal garden, a disused lido dated 1939, and derelict greenhouses.

Brief history of site

The park was laid out in 1884 by Crawshay Bailey, (1841-1887) a prominent ironmaster. It hosted public events such as a Grand Military Tournament for up to 4000 people. After 1890 it passed to the Improvement Commissioners, and then to Local Authority care.

Location information:

Address: Bailey Park, Park Lane, Abergavenny, Gwent, NP7 5PW

Locality: Abergavenny

Local Authorities:

Monmouthshire; Abergavenny

Historical County: Monmouthshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 161 Grid Ref: SO 300146
Latitude: 51.8256 Longitude: -3.0171


The main park gates are on the south-east side of the park at the intersection of the A40 and the B4521 Hereford Road. Gates give pedestrain access at other sides.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is an urban park.

Visitor information:

Sports fields, bowling green, formal and informal garden and a venue for seated and ticketed public events in season.

Key information:

Form of site: public park

Purpose of site: urban park

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 1884

Main period of development: Late 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 8


Owner: Monmouth County Council

Site designation(s)

CADW Register of Landscapes Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales Grade II Reference PGW (Gt) 60 (MON)

CADW Register of Listed Buildings in Wales Grade II Reference Gates, gate piers and attached walls with railings to main entrance to Bailey Park


Site timeline

1910: A monoplane landed in the park, piloted by Mr J. Radley of Bedford, watched by a huge audience.

People associated with this site

Benefactor: Crawshay Bailey (born 1841 died 1887)


gate piers

Feature created: 1884

The massive main gate piers are 4 metres high. The stone work is polychromatic, with courses of grey, yellow and red stone.

Designation status: CADW Register of Listed Buildings in Wales Designation Grade II


Feature created: 1884

Double wrought iron gates three metres high stand between imposing gate piers and flanking pedestrian gates. The whole is attached to walls and railings with scrollwork panels for 25 metres to either side.

Designation status: CADW Register of Listed Buildings in Wales Designation Grade II


The bandstand is octagonal, with fluted iron columns supporting a tiled roof. It stands on a brick plinth, and is approached up steps on the north side.

bowling green

There are two bowling greens, one to the east and one to the west of the entrance at the north end of the park. The one west of the entrance is used, the other disused. The active green is margined with a path, clipped evergreen hedging and recesses for seating.

bowling green pavilion

The single storey pavilion is approached up two flights of concrete steps and has a verandah on the south side. It is derelict.

outdoor swimming pool

Feature created: 1939

The concrete facade at the entrance to this small Lido is dated 1939. It and the changing rooms are now derelict.


Organisations associated with this site

Welsh Historic Gardens Trust

Cadw Role: Designating Authority

Sources of information

Bailey Park: Conservation Management Plan

LDA Design Bailey Park: Conservation Management Plan

Register of Landscapes, Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales: Additional and Revised Entries, Volume 1

CADW, Register of Landscapes, Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales:Additional and Revised Entries, Volume1 (Cardiff: CADW, 2007) 30-32


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