Mile Cross Gardens 2288

Norwich, England, Norfolk, Norwich

Brief Description

Mile Cross Gardens is a public park created in the 1920s as part of a housing development.

History

The layout was prepared between 1925 and 1929 by Professor Adshead and implemented by Captain Sandys-Winsch.

Visitor Facilities

This is a municipal site for general public use.

Detailed Description

The following is from the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. For the most up-to-date Register entry, please visit the The National Heritage List for England (NHLE):

www.historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list

One of five registered sites in the city of Norwich which form part of a set of public parks laid out in the 1920s and 1930s by the then Parks Superintendent, Captain A Sandys-Winsch.

DESCRIPTION

LOCATION, AREA, BOUNDARIES, LANDFORM, SETTING

Mile Cross Gardens lie to the north of the city centre, on the west side of the main Aylsham Road which forms their eastern boundary. Losinga Crescent forms the north, south, and west boundaries and divides the Gardens from the rest of the Mile Cross housing estate to the west. The Gardens are divided by the robinia-lined Suckling Avenue which comes off the Aylsham Road and leads west into the estate.

ENTRANCES AND APPROACHES

The entrances to the Gardens lead north and south across broad grass verges which border the central axial Suckling Avenue.

GARDENS

A stone and timber pergola originally stood at the entrance to each garden (removed 1999, the stone bases remaining), the two plots being laid out as oval bowling greens. A perimeter path leads round each lawn between grass and the drystone walls supporting the shrubbery banks which enclose them. Semicircular bays for seats are cut into the walls at the centre of each side of the greens. At the far end of each garden stands a classical pavilion, originally flanked to either side by further stretches of pergola (stone bases remaining 1999).

REFERENCES

G Goreham, The parks and open spaces of Norwich (1961)

The Norwich Parks, (Norwich City Council internal report 1993)

Maps

A Sandys-Winsch, Plan of Mile Cross Gardens, 1928 (City Hall, Norwich)

OS 25" to 1 mile: 3rd edition published 1926

Description written: November 1999

Edited: March 2001

Features
  • Housing Estate (featured building)
  • Description: This is one of the earliest of Norwich city's municipal housing schemes.
  • Earliest Date:
  • Latest Date:
  • Avenue
  • Description: The Gardens are divided by the robinia-lined Suckling Avenue.
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

This is a municipal site for general public use.
History

Detailed History

The following is from the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. For the most up-to-date Register entry, please visit the The National Heritage List for England (NHLE):

www.historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list

HISTORIC DEVELOPMENT

This pair of 1 acre (about 0.4 hectares) gardens form part of the Mile Cross housing development. One of the earliest of Norwich city's municipal housing schemes, the layout was prepared between 1925 and 1929 by Professor Adshead and implemented by Captain Sandys-Winsch, a protégé of Thomas Mawson. The intention of the gardens was to allow for two areas of public open space, one the mirror image of the other, which would form the centrepiece of the eastern entrance to the symmetrical estate. The gardens remain (1999) in the ownership of the local authority and are an integral part of the surrounding housing. The other four registered parks which make up the Sandys Winsch series are Wensum Park; Waterloo Park; Heigham Park; and Eaton Park.

Period

  • Early 20th Century
Contact

Telephone

01793 445050

Official Website

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Other websites

Owners

  • Norwich City Council

    City Hall, St. Peter's Street, Norwich, NR2 1NH
References

References