Point of Interest

Gardens

England / Europe

Alexandra Gardens is a fine park, bordering the Thames. The site was originally a meadow, belonging at one time to Middlesex Hospital. It was bought by Windsor Authority in 1889 for £3,000 ‘for the purposes and subject to the provisions of the Health Act, 1875.’ In 1902 it was mortgaged to Sarah Ann Taplin and Sir Francis Tress Barry, Bt, MP, to become pleasure grounds commemorating the Coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. Later Sir Francis bought further land and extended the gardens. The gardens were designed by E.A. Stickland, the Borough Surveyor. Princess Christian opened Alexandra Gardens on 15 July 1902. A year later, a commemorative London Plane Tree was planted to further celebrate the coronation of Edward VII and his Queen. It is still there. The extension to the gardens was opened by Prince Christian on 28 July 1905. Simultaneously a roadway was constructed between the gardens and the river thanks to Arthur Stovell and Colonel Gerald Stovell, and named Barry Avenue, after Sir Francis Tress Barry.In Edwardian times a bandstand was erected in Alexandra Gardens provided by various military and local bands. This was removed in the 1950s but recreated as a celebration of The Queen becoming Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, in 2015. It was reopened by the Queen on 20 April 2016. 

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