Record Details

NHER Number:30564
Type of record:Monument
Name:Eaton Park

Summary

This fine park is one of five laid out by Captain A. Sandys Winsch in about 1920-1935. The ironwork gates survive but the rose garden inside the yew hedge, central fountain and pond have gone. The park retains a number of original features including bowling greens with a single pavilion, a domed central bandstand, a lily pond and a boating pond. During World War One the area of the park, known as Three Fields, was used for army training (NHER 53591).

Images

  • The construction of a colonnade in Eaton Park, Norwich.  © Courtesy of Norfolk County Council Library and Information Service.

Location

Grid Reference:TG 2050 0745
Map Sheet:TG20NW
Parish:NORWICH, NORWICH, NORFOLK

Full description

Evidence of the World War One training activity described below is now recorded as NHER 53591.

Historic Park Grade II, see (S1).
One of five parks laid out by Captain A. Sandys Winsch in about 1920-1935.
Grazing land purchased by city council 1906 but not utilised until 1924; park opened 1928.
Ironwork gates. Circular rose garden inside yew hedge; central fountain and pond gone. East-west avenue passes bowling greens centred on two pavilions, one remains. Central domed bandstand ringed by great colonnaded pavilion. South of this is long rectangular lily pond divided by mock bridge from boating pond; axis closed by Water Pavilion.
See full details in (S1).
E. Rose (NAU) 11 April 1994.

The following buildings within the park were listed grade II in 1995;
Main gates, water pavilion, yachting pond, mock bridge, lily pond, bandstand, the four quadrant pavilions.
See (S2-S11) for the complete listing details.
E. Rose (NLA) 24 April 1995.

In World War One the area of the park, known as Three Fields, was used for army training.
See reference (S12) in file.
E. Rose (NLA) 29 May 1997.

See also press cutting filed under NHER 26414.

Restoration begun 2000.
Yacht pond completed April 2001.

E. Rose (NLA) 17 April 2001.

Originally recorded in the parish of Eaton, now part of Norwich.

May 2010. Norfolk NMP.
Evidence of the World War One training activity described above, which lies to the west of the formal park, is now recorded as NHER 53591. According to the newspaper letter (S12) this area was also used for military training during World War Two. World War Two military features within the formal area of the park are recorded as NHER 53592-3. A small ring ditch depicted in the northern part of the park on the HER 1:10,000 overlay, but not otherwise recorded, probably denotes the circular mark visible in this area on an aerial photograph (S13). Consultation of other aerial photographs indicates that the ring ditch almost certainly relates to playground equipment in this area, and consequently it has not been mapped by the NMP.
S. Tremlett (NMP), 14 May 2010.

Monument Types

  • GARDEN (Early 20th Century to 21st Century - 1901 AD to 2100 AD)
  • PUBLIC PARK (Early 20th Century to 21st Century - 1901 AD to 2100 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building
  • Registered Park or Garden
  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building
  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2006. Super parks at heart of the community. 31 August.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1994-1999. [Articles on the plans and restoration of 5 parks in Norwich].
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2000. [Articles on the restoration of the yacht pond in Eaton Park].
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1998. Photograph of Eaton Park (aerial view). 12 November.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 2012. The captain who gave city park its character. 20 August.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Designation: English Heritage. 1990-2013. English Heritage Listing Notification. Notification. DNF7676.
<S1>Designation: English Heritage. Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England..
<S2>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1068850.
<S3>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1319718.
<S4>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1343651.
<S5>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1068849.
<S6>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1068852.
<S7>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1068851.
<S8>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1343646.
<S9>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1068854.
<S10>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1343650.
<S11>Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England. List Entry 1343649.
<S12>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1997. Park looked more like a battlefield. 29 May.
<S13>Oblique Aerial Photograph: Edwards, D.A. (NLA). 1977. NHER TG 2007A (NLA 38/AHB18) 27-MAY-1977.

Related records

53591Parent of: Site of World War One military training area (Monument)
53592Parent of: Site of World War Two barrage balloon (Monument)
53593Parent of: Site of World War Two bomb craters in Eaton Park (Monument)

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