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HER Number:MDV64772
Name:Royal Avenue Gardens, Dartmouth


Royal Avenue Gardens are on part of the land reclaimed in the 19th century as New Ground.


Grid Reference:SX 878 514
Map Sheet:SX85SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDartmouth
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishST.SAVIOURS

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX85SE/364

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • GARDEN (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

A number of trees are shown in the south-east part of New Ground.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Formal gardens laid out in the southern part of New Ground with a band stand, and fountain shown as 'Fn'.

Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N., 1989, The Buildings of England: Devon (Monograph). SDV325629.

A 1725 Newcomen Atmospheric Engine from 'Griff Colliery' was brought to the park in 1963.

Pugsley, S, 1994, Devon Gardens, 165-6 (Monograph). SDV672.

Devon Gardens Trust, 1999, Devon Local Register, 121 (Un-published). SDV170167.

Devon Gardens Trust, 2013, Devon Gazetteer of Parks and Gardens of Local Interest (Reg/Local list of Historic Parks and Gdns). SDV354335.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Clark, J. + Richardson, D., 2013, Royal Avenue Gardens (Un-published). SDV357989.

Royal Avenue Gardens, together with the harbour, quay and the best group of seventeenth century buildings in Devon, produce a most picturesque townscape. Traditionally, the park plays an important part in the Dartmouth Regatta celebrations. The garden’s historic features include a cast iron bandstand, a triple-tier stone fountain built in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, war memorials and statuary, with pleasantly planted shrubs and floral displays, while trees
provide shade for the weary visitor. In 1963, to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the birth locally of Thomas Newcomen, a surviving example of his atmospheric steam engine was erected where visitors could see it working, and a plaque was provided in the gardens. In the early 1990’s South Hams District Council carried out a comprehensive paving scheme to enhance the setting of the bandstand and fountain, at a cost of £110,000, providing an improved axial link to the nearby Butterwalk.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV170167Un-published: Devon Gardens Trust. 1999. Devon Local Register. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. A4 Stapled + Digital. 121.
SDV325629Monograph: Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N.. 1989. The Buildings of England: Devon. The Buildings of England: Devon. Hardback Volume.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #97683 ]
SDV354335Reg/Local list of Historic Parks and Gdns: Devon Gardens Trust. 2013. Devon Gazetteer of Parks and Gardens of Local Interest. Historic Parks and Gardens - Register and Local List. Digital.
SDV357989Un-published: Clark, J. + Richardson, D.. 2013. Royal Avenue Gardens. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. Digital.
SDV672Monograph: Pugsley, S. 1994. Devon Gardens. Devon Gardens. Unknown. 165-6.

Associated Monuments

MDV74814Parent of: Bandstand, Royal Avenue Gardens, Dartmouth (Building)
MDV74815Parent of: Telephone Kiosks north of the Boat Float, Dartmouth (Building)
MDV53839Part of: New Ground Park, Dartmouth (Monument)
MDV8563Related to: Dartmouth Harbour (Monument)
MDV43360Related to: New Ground Quay (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 20 2017 8:30AM