Episodes

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James Pennethorne And Victoria Park, London2007013020190714 (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.

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.

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.

Joseph Paxton And Birkenhead Park2007013020190707 (BBC7)
20190708 (BBC7)

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.