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Brief description of site

The war memorial and memorial garden are set within Hermitage Park, a municipal park covering some 4.7 hectares. The memorial itself is a raised monument approached by steps and topped with a dome. It bears the names of the fallen of both World Wars. The memorial is set within a walled garden featuring yew trees and flower beds.

Brief history of site

The memorial garden opened in 1922, in the walled garden of Hermitage House (now destroyed). One of the main influences was local artist James Whitelaw Hamilton, a town councillor and connected with the ‘Glasgow Boys’ group of artists. It is said that he suggested the old walled garden of Hermitage House, already a public park, as the best location for a memorial to those who had fallen in the First World War.

The design competition was won by Alexander Nisbet Paterson. A successful HLF bid in 2014 will be used to restore the garden and other parts of Hermitage Park.

Location information:

Address: Hermtage Park, Sinclair Street, Helensburgh, G84 8TX

Locality: Argyll and Bute

Local Authorities:

Argyll & Bute; Helensburgh North

Historical County: Argyllshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 56 Grid Ref: NS299828
Latitude: 56.0079 Longitude: -4.72981

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The park is open daily throughout the year.

Key information:

Form of site: memorial garden

Purpose of site: memorial garden

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

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