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, a Historical Park
Lowther Gardens is on the English Heritage list of historical parks and gardens.
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.
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).
New entrances (below) and car parking were added in 1936 and the Aviary was added in 1934.
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
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.
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.
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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