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‘Edward Kemp’s Liverpool parks’

‘How to Lay Out a Very Large Garden Indeed: Edward Kemp’s Liverpool parks, their history and legacy’ Garden History, 46: supplement 1 Autumn 2018 In 1850, in the wake of two severe cholera epidemics, the Liverpool Improvement Committee advertised for plans for the laying out of new public parks across the city. In 1865, the Liverpool Improvement Act finally enabled the corporation to raise the five hundred thousand pounds needed to realize its ambitious vision. Edward Kemp was to be a key figure in the resultant ‘ribbon of parks’. As the designer of both Newsham and Stanley Parks, his style and
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‘Manufactured Landscapes’

‘Manufactured Landscapes: Victorian public parks and the industrial imagination’ in Malcolm Dick and Elaine Mitchell (eds), Gardens and Green Spaces in the West Midlands since 1700 (2018), pp. 120-137. Written by distinguished scholars who are also writing for a wide audience, these essays highlight the wealth of recent research into landscape and green spaces in the West Midlands. The book ranges from the Picturesque movement in Herefordshire to William Shenstone’s unique ferme ornée at The Leasowes, near Halesowen and the aspirational gardens and allotments of the Quaker ironmasters at Coalbrookdale in Shropshire. Other contributions celebrate women’s entrepreneurial activity in the nursery trade, chart the
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‘Beyond the Metropolis’

Beyond the metropolis: the changing image of urban Britain, 1780-1880 Manchester University Press (2016). Dark satanic mills, cobbled streets, and cholera have become common shorthand for the nineteenth-century British town. Over the past century, historical reality has merged seamlessly with mythology, literature and caricature to create a dramatic, but utterly misleading representation of the urban past. Drawing on pictorial and ephemeral sources that shaped the popular image of British towns between 1780 and 1880, Beyond the Metropolis revises our understanding of urbanization, its representation and interpretation throughout the long nineteenth century. In contrast to myriad publications that address London exclusively, this book examines
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‘The Parks Conundrum’

‘The Parks Conundrum’, Context, 133: March, 2014. It seems that since they first opened, our public parks have been under threat. This article in Context, the journal of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, addresses the changing way in which value has been attributed to public parks and highlights some of the greatest challenges facing their protection and enrichment. Journal website    
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