What are the ingredients of our great British public parks? We often think of the wider landscape of trees, grass, lakes, meandering footways, bedding displays and herbaceous borders. But they are much more than this … so much more. Among the parkitechture featured here are some of Britain's finest lidos, paddling pools and outdoor swimming pools; bowling greens; bandstands; gates, railings and boundaries; fountains; glass houses, palm houses, winter gardens and conservatories; refreshments rooms; lodges and pavilions; bridges and boathouses; aviaries; children's play areas, and statues, memorials and monuments.

Parkitecture: Buildings and Monuments of Public Parks

Parkitecture: Buildings and Monuments of Public Parks

This book acts as a long overdue celebration of the buildings and monuments of our public parks.

Wardown Park Luton
Wardown Park Luton
Beaumont Park Castle
Beaumont Park Castle
Lloyd Park Waltham Forest
Lloyd Park Waltham Forest
Kensington Gardens London
Kensington Gardens London
Tooting Bec Lido
Tooting Bec Lido
Tavistock Square Gardens London
Tavistock Square Gardens London
Joseph Howarth, Alexandra Park
Joseph Howarth, Alexandra Park
Glasgow Green
Glasgow Green
The Ilsa Gladstone Conservatory
The Ilsa Gladstone Conservatory
Weston Park Museum, Sheffield
Weston Park Museum, Sheffield

Paul Rabbitts has over twenty years of experience in designing, managing and restoring urban parks across the UK. As a qualified Landscape Architect and current Head of Parks for a SE Local Authority, he is also a published author and regular contributor to journals and periodicals.

Currently head of parks for Watford Borough Council, he is also project director for the £6.5 million restoration of Cassiobury Park, as well as an author on books on Regent’s Park, Richmond Park, the royal parks and bandstands, on which he is acknowledged as a UK expert. He lives in Leighton Buzzard.