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10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Queen’s Park

10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Queen’s Park
Stephanie Newton

Just north of Kemptown and south of Hanover lies Queen’s Park. Nestled between two rather lively places, Queen’s Park has served the city well, offering people a place to play, relax and take in the scenery. With a pond that sees geese, ducks and herring gulls gather daily, a playground, a cafe and even a scented garden for those with disabilities: Queen’s Park really does have it all. Us Brightonians may love the beach, but you can’t neglect this green sun trap. Despite its firmly rooted place in Brighton’s culture, its history has been largely overlooked compared to other landmarks; So without further ado, here’s ten things you (probably) didn’t know about Queen’s Park!

Credit: Alan McFaden

Credit: Alan McFaden

1. In 1825, Thomas Attree, a property owner and developer from Brighton, acquired the land just north of Eastern Road. He hoped to build a residential park on the site

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Image via Wikipedia

2. The style was inspired by Regent’s Park in London

Credit: Paul Gillett

Credit: Paul Gillett

3. Queen’s Park was originally named Brighton Park…

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Image via royalcentral.co.uk

4. …But Thomas Attree renamed it Queen’s Park after Queen Adelaide, a consort of William IV

Credit: F.W. Woledge via Etsy

Credit: F.W. Woledge via Etsy

5. There was a German spa opened in 1825 at the south end of the park…

Credit: Simon Carey

Credit: Simon Carey

6. …On the site of the previous spa now lies the Royal Spa Nursery School!

Garden Temple, Attree Villa. Credit: Bob Embleton

Garden Temple, Attree Villa. Credit: Bob Embleton

7. Attree had a vision of surrounding the park with detached villas…

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Image via thepropertylounge.co.uk

8. …However his dream never quite materialised, with most houses being of Victorian style with some 20th century infills and replacements

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Image via mybrightonandhove.org.uk

9. The Pepper Pot is a listed building that has served as a horizontal wind-powered water pump, a publishing house for a local newspaper and even an artist’s studio

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10. The park itself, including the spa and Pepper Pot, was bought by the Race Stand Trustees in 1890 for a total of £13,500. The park and its trimmings were then donated to the town

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