The English Pleasure Garden 1660–1860 Book by Sarah Downing

The English Pleasure Garden 1660-1860

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During their heyday in the mid-eighteenth century the pleasure gardens were one of the hubs of polite society. Laid out with formal gardens and buildings for dining and amusement, the pleasure gardens were the scene of upper class exercise and entertainment. Most famous were Vauxhall Gardens, Cremorne Gardens and Ranelagh Gardens in London.

This book tells the story of the pleasure gardens throughout England, explaining their beginnings in the seventeenth century, their rising social importance, the variety of entertainment contained within, and their eventual decline into seedy hangouts for gamblers, thieves and prostitutes.

Publisher: Shire Books



ISBN 9780747806998

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