Gateway to Avenham Park

In response to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Fences and Gates

Avenham and Miller Parks lie side by side on the north bank of the River Ribble, immediately south of Preston City Centre, and rank among the finest examples of traditional Victorian parkland in the north west of England. Linked through ornate railway arches both parks were designed and created by the renowned landscape architect Edward Milner during the 1860’s and are Grade II listed on the English Heritage Register of Historic Gardens. At this time the American civil war was raging and cotton towns in the Northwest, including Preston, were experiencing a cotton famine. The parks were built as public works to keep cotton workers employed and prevent the social and economic problems associated with high unemployment. (The History of Avenham and Miller Parks)

Pavilion in the Park

Iron Gates on The Belvedere ©HelenBushe

Another major feature of the park is The Belvedere, a pavilion on high ground at the northeastern corner of the park, overlooking the main park and river. It was originally located in Miller Park but was moved to make way for the statue of the Earl of Derby. The Belvedere is known locally as the “White House” or the “Light House”. (Wikipedia)


Laurie Graves · 15 April 2016 at 14:19

Wow! Beautiful gates, beautiful photos.

    HMB · 15 April 2016 at 14:46

    Thanks Laurie

cwaugh212 · 15 April 2016 at 13:53

Excellent composition. Again. Very professional.

    HMB · 15 April 2016 at 15:21

    Thank you again

Seattle Park Lover · 15 April 2016 at 13:16

Interesting tidbit that such beauty came from our ugly war. The top photo is wonderful.

    HMB · 15 April 2016 at 13:45

    Yes I thought that little nugget of information gave an insight into the wide ranging side effects of war. Thanks for visiting.

Lena · 15 April 2016 at 07:31

Very beautiful entry for Cee’s challenge. The first photo is fantastic.

    HMB · 15 April 2016 at 07:39

    Thanks Lena. It was in colour until last night but quickly converted to Black & White for challenge.

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