Category:Queens Park gates

From The Brighton Toy and Model Index

Queens Park has two main arched stone gateways, both on the southern side of the park, on either side of the old Royal Spa.

This is in keeping with the original concept of the area being a private park with gated access, surrounded by an elongated horseshoe of private luxury villas (which were never built), forming a gated community for the well-off. Although the text on the gates says that they commemorate the gift of the park to the town, there presumably would have been gates at these locations before this – the gates would have been necessary when the park was private or subscriber-only, and rather less necessary once it became a publicly-owned space that anyone could enter without paying.

Egremont Gate

The main Gate is Egremont Gate, which marks the transition between Egremont Place (which leads up to it from the outside) and West Drive (which continues initially in pretty much a straight line inside the park)

Egremeont Gate is the park's "grand entrance", and is set a little back from the roadway, producing a space for carriages to turn, and also making sure that passers-by get to see a proper view of the full width of the gate in all its glory.

Park Gate

Park Gate is Queen's Park's second arched gateway, and again is referred to after the name of the road that leads up to it from the South, Park Street. The continuation of the road beyond the gate is South Avenue.

Park Gate is a "cut down" version of Egremont Gate, smaller and less grand, but keeping the same basic design of a central road arch flanked by two smaller portals for pedestrians. The way that Park Gate is set back from the road passing its front creates a semicircular space, which makes the gate seem a little more impressive than it might otherwise look, which makes one wonder why Egremont Gate doesn't do something similar.

Inscriptions:

Bold raised letters above the main archway, Park Gate:

QUEENS PARK

THE GIFT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE BRIGHTON RACE STAND ALDERMAN HENRY ABBEY

ALDERMAN, JOHN L. BRIGDEN J.P. ALDERMAN RIDLEY J.P. AND WILLIAM SEYMOUR

BURROWS ESQUIRE TO THE INHABITANTS OF BRIGHTON. MDCCCXC ~

(the Roman numerals translate as "1890")

Lettering inset into the panel above the right-hand pedestrian entranceway, Park Gate:

THE HOVE & BRIGHTON

URBAN CONSERVATION BOARD

SUPPORTED BY ENGLISH HERITAGE

AND THE FRIENDS OF QUEENS PARK

RESTORED THIS ARCH 1994


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