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Bandstands are a distinctive feature of public parks and seaside promenades all over Britain. But what do we actually know about them? Why did they appear in our earliest parks? When were they erected, and who made them? This book explores and provides answers to these questions, showing how the bandstand evolved from the buildings of the early Victorian Pleasure Gardens, how it in nearly every public park of the time, how its design was influenced by the great landscape designers, and how a very small number of Scottish foundries cornered the market across the world, from Bradford to Brazil. From parks, seaside resorts and civic spaces, bandstands have appeared and disappeared but are once again re-appearing, being restored and enjoying a new lease of life. This book, the only on the subject, is a timely reminder of an essential component of the British park.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 146 x 206 x 6mm | 140.61g
  • Shire Publications
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 30 b/w; 73 col
  • 0747808252
  • 9780747808251
  • 866,568

Table of contents

Introduction /Bandstands in Parks /Seafront Bandstands /Great Foundries of the `Iron Age' /Decline and Revival /Further Reading /Gazetteer /Index
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About Paul Rabbitts

Paul Rabbitts is a chartered landscape architect with over twenty years' experience in parks restoration. He has degrees in geography and landscape architecture, and has studied the history of lead mining in the Yorkshire Dales, as well as the history of parks in Carlisle. His interest in bandstands stems from his passion for parks and his subsequent role in the restoration of Albert Park in Middlesborough, where he was responsible for the replacement of the original Sun Foundry bandstand.
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