Parkmasters

Historian Tristram Hunt goes to five key parks to find out about the architects, horticulturalists and benefactors whose preoccupation with the quality of life in the city still seems relevant today.

Episodes

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01John Claudius Loudon And Derby Arboretum2007012920080825
20131028 (BBC7)

Historian Tristram Hunt explores the people and ideas behind our public parks.

A passionate advocate of parks for the people, Loudon put his well-documented theories into practice in Derby, getting involved in the placing of benches, the labelling of the plants and trees and the provision of reference tomes in the lodge.

Historian Tristram Hunt explores the people and ideas behind our public parks.

02Joseph Paxton And Birkenhead Park2007013020080901
20080901 (BBC7)
20131029 (BBC7)

Historian Tristram Hunt explores the people and ideas behind our public parks.

Known for his work at Chatsworth for the Duke of Devonshire and later as the creator of the Crystal Palace, Paxton was determined to bring the grandeur of the aristocratic garden to the working people of Birkenhead. The park was a declaration of civic pride to nearby Liverpool and an attempt to tempt wealthy rate-payers to make their homes in Birkenhead.

03James Pennethorne And Victoria Park, London2007013120080908
20131030 (BBC7)

Historian Tristram Hunt explores the people and ideas behind our public parks.

Pennethorne created the East London park for some of the poorest people in the capital. The space may have resembled Regent's Park with grand carriageways and vistas, but the workers made it their own as they congregated to discuss politics and to bathe in the grand lakes before the park had even officially opened.

04William Barron And West Park, Macclesfield2007020120131031 (BBC7)

Historian Tristram Hunt goes to five key parks to find out about the architects, horticulturalists and benefactors whose preoccupation with the quality of life in the city still seems relevant today.

4/5. William Barron and West Park, Macclesfield.

05 LASTEdward Milner And Lincoln Arboretum2007020220131101 (BBC7)

Historian Tristan Hunt investigates the history of public parks. Landscape gardener Edward Milner created a model template.