This eleventh book in the Postcards from Exeter series records many of Exeter’s public parks, gardens, pleasure grounds and open spaces from Edwardian times to the present day.
The postcards illustrate how the parks have changed over the years. Some early cards show glorious colour co-ordinated flower borders.
The plants were grown at the City Council Belle Isle nursery situated by the River Exe in the St. Leonard’s district of the city. This site is now a country park and the supply of flowers needed to decorate public buildings and important events in Exeter is put out to tender.
Landmarks in several parks have been highlighted in the text – for instance the Victorian statues and monuments in Northernhay Gardens, and the Norman Gatehouse and Athelstans’s Tower in Rougemont Gardens. Several rare and evocative images have been included that have not been previously published in book form. Others bring a touch of nostalgia
Exeter’s Parks & Gardens
Cover: The Deerstalker Statue (1875) in Nothernhay Gardens. recording the simple pleasure obtained when viewing displays of nature planted in public places.
A good example of this is the young saplings pictured in Edwardian times at Belmont Park that may still be seen there in glorious splendour.
Well known Exeter publishers and printers have issued the cards and include: S. A. Chandler, Arcade Studio; William Pollard and Co. Ltd; William Dawson and Sons Ltd; Worth’s Art Gallery; W
Stile, Stationer and Newsagent 187 Sidwell Street, Sydney Lee (Exeter) Ltd and Chapman and Son, Dawlish. Some notable omissions include Pinces Gardens with the ancient wisteria tunnel and Bull
Meadow as I do not have these postcards in my Exeter collection. My sincere thanks to Bill Whelan for allowing me to use some of his postcards.