Renaissance / by Kristian Reay

Conceived by the Victorians the public park was their answer to changes in the cityscape and a decline in public health brought about by the Industrial Revolution. Recognising the importance of a healthy workforce, Victorian philanthropists; often wealthy mill owners or industrialists, commissioned these parks as a ‘gift’ to the local community whom were invariably in their employment. During the 19th C the public park would become a symbol of equality in a society highly segregated by class. Free of charge and open to all, these parks served as key social hubs of the Victorian town and city providing much needed space for leisure activities and psychological respite from the harsh working environment; a concept that the Victorians recognised intuitively but would not be fully understood until the second half of the 20th C.

VICTORIA PARK, PORTSMOUTH

VICTORIA PARK, PORTSMOUTH