Celebrate the history of Radnor Gardens

Release Date: 17 July 2017

A new historical information board has been installed in a Strawberry Hill park, celebrating the history of the gardens.

In partnership with the Friends of Radnor Gardens, a new information board has been installed in the middle of the gardens near the Summer House. The board includes information and photographs citing the history of the gardens since the mid-nineteenth century. 

The Gardens were originally spilt in two, linked to several properties dating back to the 17th century; Radnor House, Cross Deep House and Cross Deep Hall. Several remnants of these form features of the modern gardens including the walls of the base of Radnor House and two gothic structures; a gazebo and Grade II listed polygonal summer house.

The gardens now have a First World War memorial, grass area, bowling green and pavilion, a café and children’s playground. 

As part of the celebration, the Council and Friends of Radnor Gardens jointly funded the new board, along with new seating for the popular café on site.

Yesterday, Sunday 16 July, the Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Cllr Lisa Blakemore, attended the unveiling of the new board. She said:

“We know that our parks and open spaces are so important to residents in our borough. And, it is important to remember that many of them have a unique and special history in the local area.

“Radnor Gardens is traditional style park. It is popular, not just for its beauty, flora and fauna but also its stunning view of the River Thames.

“Unfortunately much of its historic past is no longer visible. The small creek running through the centre has gone and the majestic buildings were removed or bombed in the War.

“This board aims to celebrate and commemorate the history of the park and I hope that many people find the information interesting and informative.”

Cllr Clare Head, Chairman of the Friends of Radnor Gardens (FoRG), said:

"Our charity was formed many years ago to work with the Council to provide amenities for local residents. Over the years we have raised money to help the Council provide a much loved and well used Children's playground, a Cafe, a public toilet and helped to maintain many other parts of the Garden. 

“I hope that many people will enjoy the informative board, and will be able to attend one of our many events, including our Fundraising Quiz on 20 July.”

  • Date: Thursday 20 July
  • Time: 7pm
  • LocationEmmanuel Centre in St. James Church, Popes Grove
  • Price£14 - includes a hot meal and half a bottle of wine

 

Call 07734 958988 to book tickets. 

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Reference: P335/17

Updated: 31 July 2017