Easton Gardens

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Easton Gardens, including the Clock Tower.

Easton Gardens is a public garden, located on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, England. It is found within the centre of the Easton village, at Easton Square. The gardens have remained a popular focal point for local residents for over 100 years, and have been awarded the Green Flag Award.

Background[edit]

Easton Gardens' play area.
Easton Gardens' Grade II Listed Clock Tower.

The idea for a public garden to be created each at Underhill and Tophill on Portland stems back to 1896.[1] By 1901 it was decided to transform Easton Square into Tophill district's gardens.[2] While Victoria Gardens at Underhill was being developed, the scheme for Easton Gardens was approved in August 1903. The engineer Mr R. S. Henshaw developed a plan and during 1903, work began on enclosing the gardens, while Messrs Stewart & Sons were tasked with laying out the gardens.[3] Within the enclosed gardens, ornamental lawns, flower beds and winding asphalted footpaths were laid out, with a bandstand erected in the centre.[4]

The official opening of Easton Gardens was on 18 August 1904, by Mr Henry Sansom, Chairman of the Urban Council. The day was noted for its sunshine, and featured a large audience.[5] In 2004, the gardens celebrated their 100th anniversary, where locals donned costumes of the period to celebrate.[6] In recent years, Easton Gardens has been awarded Green Flag status.[6]

Clock Tower[edit]

In 1905, Henry Sansom, who had opened the gardens a year before, made the suggestion of erecting a clock tower within the gardens. Designed by R. Stevenson Henshaw, the clock was built by Wakeham Brothers by 1907. A ceremony in May 1907 unveiled the clock in front of a large crowd.[7][8] As a prominent feature in the square ever since, the clock tower has been Grade II Listed since May 1993. English Heritage's survey noted that the clock is a Jacobethan-styled structure with Gothic details.[9]

Features[edit]

Easton Gardens largely feature grassed and formal bedding areas, as well as holding mature trees. A children's play area is located in the gardens suitable for children, whilst a basketball court is located nearby, along with picnic tables and seating. There are also recently refurbished public and disabled toilet facilities within the gardens.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pbtyc/Portland/PYB/Gardens.html
  2. ^ http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pbtyc/Portland/PYB/Gardens.html
  3. ^ Paul Benyon (1 December 1903). "Portland Year Book". Freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  4. ^ http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pbtyc/Portland/PYB/Gardens.html
  5. ^ http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pbtyc/Portland/PYB/Gardens.html
  6. ^ a b "Easton Gardens, Portland". dorsetforyou.com. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Morris, Stuart (1985). Portland: An Illustrated History. Dovecote Press. p. 117. ISBN 978-0946159345. 
  8. ^ Morris, Stuart (1990). Portland Camera. Dovecote Press. pp. Photo 65. ISBN 978-0946159796. 
  9. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1205449)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Easton Gardens, Portland". dorsetforyou.com. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Easton Gardens Portland in Dorchester, Weymouth, Lyme Reg...". Netmums. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 

Coordinates: 50°32′43″N 2°26′11″W / 50.5453°N 2.4364°W / 50.5453; -2.4364