Bandstands are a distinctive feature of the public parks and boardwalks all over Britain. But what do we actually know about them? Why did they appear in Britain's earliest parks? When were they erected, and who made them?
This book explores and provides answers to these questions, showing how they evolved from the buildings of the early Victorian Pleasure Gardens, how they appeared in nearly every public park of the time, were 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 are now enjoying a new lease of life.
No other book has been written on this subject and the timing could not be better with over 80 bandstands having been restored in the last 5 years as a result of the incredible re-investment in our public parks. The love affair is back on!
About the Author
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.