Parkmasters

Historian Tristram Hunt goes to five key parks to find out about the architects, horticulturalists and benefactors whose preoccupation with the quality of life in the city still seems relevant today.

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20080825

Historian Tristram Hunt explores the people and ideas behind our public parks.

1/3. John Claudius Loudon and Derby Arboretum

A passionate advocate of parks for the people, Loudon put his well-documented theories into practice in Derby, getting involved in the placing of benches, the labelling of the plants and trees and the provision of reference tomes in the lodge.

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Historian Tristram Hunt explores the people and ideas behind our public parks.

2/3. Joseph Paxton and Birkenhead Park

Known for his work at Chatsworth for the Duke of Devonshire and later as the creator of the Crystal Palace, Paxton was determined to bring the grandeur of the aristocratic garden to the working people of Birkenhead. The park was a declaration of civic pride to nearby Liverpool and an attempt to tempt wealthy rate-payers to make their homes in Birkenhead.

20080908

Historian Tristram Hunt explores the people and ideas behind our public parks.

3/3. James Pennethorne and Victoria Park, London

Pennethorne created the East London park for some of the poorest people in the capital. The space may have resembled Regent's Park with grand carriageways and vistas, but the workers made it their own as they congregated to discuss politics and to bathe in the grand lakes before the park had even officially opened.

Edward Milner And The Lincoln Arboretum2007020220190728 (BBC7)
20190729 (BBC7)

Tristram Hunt finds out about the Lincoln Arboretum and its creator Edward Milner.

An exploration of Britain's parks and the people who created them.

Historian Tristram Hunt goes to five key parks to find out about the architects, horticulturalists and benefactors whose preoccupation with the quality of life in the city still seems relevant today.

5/5. Edward Milner and Lincoln Arboretum.

Tristram Hunt finds out about the Lincoln Arboretum and its creator Edward Milner.

An exploration of Britain's parks and the people who created them.

John Claudius Loudon And The Derby Arboretum2007012920190630 (BBC7)
20190701 (BBC7)

Historian Tristram Hunt investigates the people and ideas behind our public parks, starting with the Derby Arboretum.

John Claudius Loudon was the first major advocate of public parks for the burgeoning cities of 19th-century England, largely through his prolific literary output of articles, books and magazines, where it is estimated that he wrote 60 million words to advance his cause.

Producer: Erin Riley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2007.

Tristram Hunt with a history of public parks and the influence of John Claudius Loudon.

An exploration of Britain's parks and the people who created them.

Historian Tristram Hunt investigates the people and ideas behind our public parks, starting with the Derby Arboretum.

Historian Tristram Hunt goes to five key parks to find out about the architects, horticulturalists and benefactors whose preoccupation with the quality of life in the city still seems relevant today.

1/5. John Claudius Loudon and Derby Arboretum.

01John Claudius Loudon And Derby Arboretum2007012920080825
20131028 (BBC7)

Historian Tristram Hunt explores the people and ideas behind our public parks.

A passionate advocate of parks for the people, Loudon put his well-documented theories into practice in Derby, getting involved in the placing of benches, the labelling of the plants and trees and the provision of reference tomes in the lodge.

A passionate advocate of parks for the people, Loudon put his well-documented theories into practice in Derby, getting involved in the placing of benches, the labelling of the plants and trees and the provision of reference tomes in the lodge.

A passionate advocate of parks for the people, Loudon paid great attention to detail.

Historian Tristram Hunt explores Britain's parks and the people who created them

02Joseph Paxton And Birkenhead Park2007013020080901
20080901 (BBC7)
20131029 (BBC7)
20190707 (BBC7)
20190708 (BBC7)

Known for his work at Chatsworth for the Duke of Devonshire and later as the creator of the Crystal Palace, Paxton was determined to bring the grandeur of the aristocratic garden to the working people of Birkenhead. The park was a declaration of civic pride to nearby Liverpool and an attempt to tempt wealthy rate-payers to make their homes in Birkenhead.

Historian Tristram Hunt explores the people and ideas behind our public parks.

Tristan Hunt's history of public parks with Joseph Paxton's grand efforts for Birkenhead.

An exploration of Britain's parks and the people who created them.

02Joseph Paxton And Birkenhead Park2007020520080901 (BBC7)
20131029 (BBC7)

Historian Tristram Hunt explores the people and ideas behind our public parks.

Known for his work at Chatsworth for the Duke of Devonshire and later as the creator of the Crystal Palace, Paxton was determined to bring the grandeur of the aristocratic garden to the working people of Birkenhead. The park was a declaration of civic pride to nearby Liverpool and an attempt to tempt wealthy rate-payers to make their homes in Birkenhead.

03James Pennethorne And Victoria Park, London2007013020070131 (BBC7)
20131030 (BBC7)
20070131 (R4)
20190714 (BBC7)
20190715 (BBC7)

Historian Tristram Hunt explores the people and ideas behind our public parks.

Pennethorne created the East London park for some of the poorest people in the capital. The space may have resembled Regent's Park with grand carriageways and vistas, but the workers made it their own as they congregated to discuss politics and to bathe in the grand lakes before the park had even officially opened.

Historian Tristram Hunt explores Britain's parks and the people who created them

James Pennethorne created Victoria Park in east London for some of the poorest people in the capital.

The space may have resembled Regent's Park with grand carriageways and vistas, but the workers made it their own as they congregated to discuss politics and to bathe in the grand lakes before the park had even officially opened.

Historian Tristram Hunt continues his history of the people and ideas behind the creation of public parks.

Producer: Erin Riley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in January 2007.

Tristram Hunt on the creation of the first 'people's park' in London's East End.

An exploration of Britain's parks and the people who created them.

Historian Tristram Hunt explores the people and ideas behind our public parks.

Pennethorne created the East London park for some of the poorest people in the capital. The space may have resembled Regent's Park with grand carriageways and vistas, but the workers made it their own as they congregated to discuss politics and to bathe in the grand lakes before the park had even officially opened.

Historian Tristram Hunt goes to five key parks to find out about the architects, horticulturalists and benefactors whose preoccupation with the quality of life in the city still seems relevant today.

2/5. Joseph Paxton and Birkenhead Park.

03James Pennethorne And Victoria Park, London2007013120080908
20131030 (BBC7)

Pennethorne created the East London park for some of the poorest people in the capital. The space may have resembled Regent's Park with grand carriageways and vistas, but the workers made it their own as they congregated to discuss politics and to bathe in the grand lakes before the park had even officially opened.

Historian Tristram Hunt explores the people and ideas behind our public parks.

Pennethorne created the East London park for some of the poorest people in the capital. The space may have resembled Regent's Park with grand carriageways and vistas, but the workers made it their own as they congregated to discuss politics and to bathe in the grand lakes before the park had even officially opened.

Historian Tristram Hunt goes to five key parks to find out about the architects, horticulturalists and benefactors whose preoccupation with the quality of life in the city still seems relevant today.

3/5. James Pennethorne and Victoria Park, London.

0401/02/20072007020720070201 (BBC7)
20131031 (BBC7)

Historian Tristram Hunt goes to five key parks to find out about the architects, horticulturalists and benefactors whose preoccupation with the quality of life in the city still seems relevant today.

4/5. William Barron and West Park, Macclesfield.

04William Barron And West Park, Macclesfield2007020120131031 (BBC7)
20190721 (BBC7)
20190722 (BBC7)

Historian Tristram Hunt goes to five key parks to find out about the architects, horticulturalists and benefactors whose preoccupation with the quality of life in the city still seems relevant today.

4/5. William Barron and West Park, Macclesfield.

William Barron wanted to raise the moral tone of the nation.

Historian Tristram Hunt explores Britain's parks and the people who created them

William Barron was a zealot for municipal gardens in the benefit that they could raise the moral tone of the nation - the Temperance movement was a great believer in public parks.

Historian Tristram Hunt continues his history of the people and ideas behind the creation of public parks.

Producer: Erin Riley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2007.

Historian Tristram Hunt investigates the history of West Park in Macclesfield.

An exploration of Britain's parks and the people who created them.

William Barron was a zealot for municipal gardens in the benefit that they could raise the moral tone of the nation - the Temperance movement was a great believer in public parks.

Historian Tristram Hunt continues his history of the people and ideas behind the creation of public parks.

Producer: Erin Riley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2007.

Historian Tristram Hunt investigates the history of West Park in Macclesfield.

An exploration of Britain's parks and the people who created them.

William Barron was a zealot for municipal gardens in the benefit that they could raise the moral tone of the nation - the Temperance movement was a great believer in public parks.

Historian Tristram Hunt continues his history of the people and ideas behind the creation of public parks.

Producer: Erin Riley

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in February 2007.

Historian Tristram Hunt investigates the history of West Park in Macclesfield.

An exploration of Britain's parks and the people who created them.

05 LASTEdward Milner And Lincoln Arboretum2007020220131101 (BBC7)

Historian Tristan Hunt investigates the history of public parks. Landscape gardener Edward Milner created a model template.

Edward Milner and Lincoln Arboretum.

Landscape gardener Edward Milner created a model template.

Historian Tristram Hunt explores Britain's parks and the people who created them

Historian Tristan Hunt investigates the history of public parks. Landscape gardener Edward Milner created a model template.