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Public parks and urban development during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Nottingham

Beckett, John

Authors

John Beckett john.beckett@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

It is well known that Nottingham was one of the most densely built and overcrowded towns in Victorian England. Following the enclosure, 1845-65, green spaces, including public parks, had to be provided in the new suburbs. This article looks at the creation of parks in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to show how a combination of government policies, local authority commitment to providing open spaces and recreation grounds, and philanthropic involvement, led to the post-1845 town and its newly created suburbs having numerous accessible green spaces. This provision has, in turn, impacted on how the modern city has evolved, and the article suggests that this is important for our understanding of urban development more generally. The paper notes the impact of more recent development where large swathes of working class housing, with few or no green spaces, has been swept away and replaced by a significantly greener environment.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 2, 2020
Journal Midland History
Print ISSN 0047-729X
Electronic ISSN 1756-381X
Publisher Maney Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 45
Issue 1
Pages 75-94
APA6 Citation Beckett, J. (2020). Public parks and urban development during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Nottingham. Midland History, 45(1), 75-94. https://doi.org/10.1080/0047729X.2020.1712078
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/0047729X.2020.1712078
Keywords History
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0047729X.2020.1712078
Additional Information To cite this article: John Beckett (2020) Public parks and urban development during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in Nottingham, Midland History, 45:1, 75-94

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