Lowther Gardens

Lowther Gardens

Lowther Gardens is the oldest park in Lytham St Annes, and one of the flagship parks in the borough of Fylde.

Lowther Gardens, surrounding Lowther Pavilion, is a popular green space for local people and visitors. You can enjoy activities and events, visit the cafe or just take in the beautiful greenery.

Lowther Gardens, Lytham
Lowther Gardens, Lytham

Lowther Gardens, a Historical Park

Lowther Gardens is on the English Heritage list of historical parks and gardens.

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Local Historian Nick Moore tells us that in 1860 Colonel John Talbot constructed public pleasure grounds in Lytham. A pond and fountain issued from a central rockery, there was extensive tree and shrub planting, pathways, lawns, a small wooden shelter (pavilion), and flower beds. The boundaries were marked by Lowther Terrace at the Eastern extremity and Woodville Terrace the Western.

Lowther Gardens as we know them were opened on 27 August 1872. The land was originally rough grazing land, known as Hungry Moor. The gardens were intended to provide facilities for locals and to try to tempt away Blackpool’s visitors.

They were built by Squire J Talbot Clifton in honour of his wife Eleanor Cecily Clifton. She was of the Lowther family from Cumbria, and the gardens were in her father’s memory. He died in 1868 and that’s where the name comes from.

It was designed by George Rowbotham, head gardener at Avenham Park. Then Mr Tomlinson, who worked on the Clifton Estate, set to work and supervised its transformation into a beautiful park and gardens.

The Gardens were given to the council in 1905, which was also the year that the Bowling Greens were laid out.

The original layout can be seen in the Ordnance Survey map of 1908. If you look at it you’ll see that most of the original design still stands.

Statue of a shrimper in the pond at Lowther Gardens
Statue of a shrimper in the pond at Lowther Gardens

Changes at Lowther Gardens

There have been a few changes over the years and the addition of new facilities.

The first Lowther Pavilion was added in 1922. It was replaced in 1981 and still stands today (below).

Lowther Pavilion, at Lowther Gardens
Lowther Pavilion, at Lowther Gardens

New entrances (below) and car parking were added in 1936 and the Aviary was added in 1934.

1936 photo of the new entrance at Lowther Gardens
1936 photo of the new entrance at Lowther Gardens

Lowther Gardens Today

Lowther Gardens is the oldest park in Lytham St Annes. It covers an area of 5.65 hectares. It occupies the plot of land between the main A584 coast road (West Beach) and Church Road. It’s bounded by Woodville Terrace and Lowther Terrace.

The address for Lowther Gardens is West Beach, Lytham, FY8 5QQ

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Google map of where to find Lowther Gardens
Google map of where to find Lowther Gardens

It’s an attractive and welcoming space for everyone to use – whether you live in leafy Lytham or are visiting. Lowther Gardens has held Green Flag status for many years.

Gates to Lowther Gardens in Lytham
Gates to Lowther Gardens in Lytham

Later additions throughout the years include the Sports Pavilion, Tennis Courts, Play Area and Toilets. In more recent times the bowling greens have also been improved.

The rose bed between the rose garden and the pitch and putt was replaced with an herbaceous border (below) in 1999.

Herbacious border at Lowther Gardens
Herbacious border at Lowther Gardens
Herbacious border at Lowther Gardens
Herbacious border at Lowther Gardens

The rose garden was re-planted in 2002 with 1100 roses, together with the addition of 15 new seats.

Try out the children’s play area, tennis courts and bowling greens, or just have a walk through the park to look at the plants and flowers.

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