NZ3956 : Flower bed in Mowbray Park, Sunderland

taken 7 years ago, near to Sunderland, Great Britain

Flower bed in Mowbray Park, Sunderland
Flower bed in Mowbray Park, Sunderland
A colourful flower bed in Mowbray Park, Sunderland. In the background is a bandstand, behind it is a war memorial.
Mowbray Park

Mowbray Park is one of the oldest municipal parks in North East England (LinkExternal link Sunderland City Council). Originally known as The People's Park, it was opened in 1857 in response to a demand for more open spaces in the town following a public health enquiry into the cholera epidemic of the 1840s. The land was purchased from the Mowbray family, and named after them in recognition. The park was extended in 1866 to include a lake and a terrace, and in 1879 the Winter Gardens, museum and art gallery were added along the Borough Road side.

The park was damaged by bombing During World War II, and iron structures, such as railings and the bandstand, were removed to make weapons. Park staff also altered the layout in order to grow vegetables. After the war the park suffered from vandalism and neglect. However, a Heritage Lottery grant enabled the park to be restored to its former Victorian glory during the 1990s; the ornamental lake was restored and the Winter Gardens were rebuilt as the original Winter Gardens were destroyed in 1941 when a German parachute mine landed nearby shattering the glass. When the park re-opened in 2000 it was recognised by English Heritage as a park of special historic interest (LinkExternal link Heritage Gateway).

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Date Taken
Monday, 21 April, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 26 April, 2014
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens 
Place (from Tags)
Wearside  Sunderland 
County (from Tags)
Tyne & Wear 
Primary Subject of Photo
Park 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 3985 5661 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:54.1579N 1:22.8051W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 3985 5660
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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Park  Park Flower Display  Colourful Flowers  Flowerbed  Flowers  Bandstand  Park Bandstand 

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