Hesketh Park, Dartford 1701

Dartford, England, Kent, Dartford

Brief Description

Hesketh Park is an early 20th-century public park. Its features include a cricket ground, bowling green, a pavilion in cottage ornee style, pleasure gardens, a children's playground and a wooded area known as 'The Dell'.

History

The people of Dartford had free access to The Brent from early times. In 1903 Mr Everard Hesketh paid for the creation of Hesketh Park and gave it to the people of Dartford as a recreation ground in perpetuity.

Visitor Facilities

This is a municipal park for general public use. Please see: http://www.dartford.gov.uk/parks/HeskethPark.htm

Detailed Description

Hesketh Park was set up with lofty ideals of beauty, healthy recreation and temperance, and as a place of enjoyment for all. There is cricket, bowling and a children's playground.

Behind the cottage-ornee-style pavilion is a valley garden, devised with hills and hollows, winding paths and grassed areas between groups of trees and shrubs. It retains the character of the Edwardian planting and has, amongst other unusual trees, a rare Cotoneaster bacifloris. The sundial of 1794 is an interesting example of a square wall dial.

Features
  • Sundial
  • Description: The sundial of 1794 is an interesting example of a square wall dial.
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  • Pavilion
  • Description: A pavilion in the style of a cottage ornee.
  • Specimen Tree
  • Description: There is a rare Cotoneaster bacifloris.
Herbaceous Border, Shrub Border, Bowling Green
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

This is a municipal park for general public use. Please see: http://www.dartford.gov.uk/parks/HeskethPark.htm
History

Period

  • Early 20th Century (1901-1932)
References

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