Places of Health and Amusement: Liverpool's historic parks and gardens
By Katy Layton-Jones, Robert Lee
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This book explores the rich legacy of parks in Liverpool, from the forgotten open spaces of the 18th century town, through the pioneering creation of a 'ribbon of parks' in the 19th century, a period of decline after the Second World War, to the situation today.
Attractively illustrated with archive and contemporary photographs and drawings, the book shows how parks have been used and enjoyed, how they have changed to meet new challenges and ideas, and how the arguments used to justify their creation in the 19th century are being used again to spark a revival in their fortunes and future.
1. The origin of Liverpool’s parks
Prospects and pleasure gardens
Private Space: garden squares
Interest in Science: botanic gardens and zoological gardens
Private parks and public access
2. Liverpool’s lungs: the creation of the ribbon of parks
Public health and public space
‘A ribbon of parks’
Servicing the parks: public facilities and park maintenance
3. Recreation and war
Tourism and sport
4. Decline and revival
A period of decline
The revival of Liverpool’s parks and open spaces
Current concerns and future opportunities
Learning lessons from the past: parks, open spaces and the public
image of Liverpool
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