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Winterstoke Gardens, Ramsgate (also known as The Helen Wills Memorial Gardens)

Pgds 20080611 131826 Ramsgate Winterstoke Steps

Introduction

Winterstoke Gardens were laid out in 1920 to a formal architectural design on land purchased in 1912. The gardens include terracing with water features, lawns, flower beds, a rock garden and a Doric colonnade.

The rock garden below is built into the cliff with Pulham stone and planted with shrubs. There are steps down to the lower level where a curved, Doric colonnade provides a shelter looking out to sea over the under-cliff. The pumps for the fountains are housed behind the colonnade.

Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts

Access contact details

This is a municipal site for general public use.

Owners

Thanet District Council,

PO Box 9, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent,, CT9 1XZ
History

Ramsgate Corporation bought the site on the East Cliff in 1912. The Winterstoke Gardens (also known as The Helen Wills Memorial Gardens) were laid out in the 1920s to a formal and architectural design. At the upper level were three water features with fountains separated by lawns and flower beds. The large, central circular pool is retained, the others have been restyled.

Period

Early 20th Century (1901-1932)

Features & Designations

Style

Formal

Features

  • Lawn
  • Bed
  • Water Feature
  • Column
  • Description: Doric colonnade.
Key Information

Type

Garden

Purpose

Public Park

Period

Early 20th Century (1901-1932)

Survival

Extant

Open to the public

Yes

References

References

Contributors

  • Kent Gardens Trust