Local author and historian Brian Bates will be giving a talk on the heritage of Dorchester’s Borough Gardens
Few could argue that this beautiful Victorian park is of prime importance to the town. Lovingly maintained by Dorchester Town Council, it remains a popular landmark and source of civic pride.
In 1895, Alderman Gregory John Gregory Gregory, Mayor of Dorchester, paid £3,400 to the Duchy of Cornwall for undeveloped land to construct `pleasure gardens for the health and recreation of the inhabitants of Dorchester’.
Officially opened on 30th July 1896, the Borough Gardens retain their Victorian layout and features, together with the original structural planting, laid out to a plan by the renowned landscape architect William Goldring of Kew Gardens, who personally supervised the planting.
‘Brian will tell the story behind the creation of this iconic place of recreation and of some the events that have occurred there over the years, some amusing some tragic. We will also peek through the curtains of some of the villas surrounding the gardens to see who was living there at the end of Victoria’s reign.
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