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Re: Kent Bandstands
« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2017, 21:19:35 »
Introducing Kent's newest bandstand.
Located at The Spinney, Leysdown Road, Leysdown.
Cost 40,000.
Poppies have been incorporated into the design to signify the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

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Re: Kent Bandstands
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Re: Kent Bandstands
« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2013, 19:22:24 »
The temporary bandstand they had for the Medway Armed Forces Day, at The Great Lines Heritage Park, Gillingham.

I sat on the grass eating a cornish pastie, listening to one of the singers for a while :)

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Re: Kent Bandstands
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2013, 17:29:54 »
One to add for Dover, Leofwyne: Granville Gardens were laid out in 1878 and had a bandstand, though whether or not from the outset I don't profess to know. The photograph is said to be c.1910.


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Re: Kent Bandstands
« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2013, 16:49:24 »
Gravesend Bandstand



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Re: Kent Bandstands
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2013, 17:50:36 »
Found a few more for the list:

CANTERBURY
Dane John Gardens - built: after 1897, before 1907; still present

CLIFTONVILLE
Eastern Esplanade - built: after 1899, before 1907; still present

DOVER
Pencester Gardens - built: 2000; still present

HERNE BAY
Tower Gardens, Central Parade - built after 1907, before 1938; still present (now converted to restaurant)

MAIDSTONE
Brenchley Gardens - built: before 1897; still present
Whatman Millennium Park - built 2001; still present

SEVENOAKS
Cricket Ground (Vine Park) - built: c.1896; still present
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Re: Kent Bandstands
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2013, 15:59:05 »
I've split the more detailed posts here on to their own threads and added those and the others mentioned to the list in the first post on this thread. Keep posting other bandstands and I'll add them to the list (or if you post a new thread on a bandstand, please add the link here.)
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Re: Kent Bandstands
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2013, 14:18:03 »
Deal Bandstand

This was taken in 2008 and it was raining hence the poor picture.

You can just see one of the plaques on the brickwork on the right-hand side with the name of the Royal Marine who died in the bombing.

We try to go every year that they have a concert here in memoriam.

I believe this one has very recently been refurbished.



DEAL
Deal Memorial Bandstand - built: 1993; Still present


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Re: Kent Bandstands
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2013, 07:23:10 »
Deal Bandstand

This was taken in 2008 and it was raining hence the poor picture.

You can just see one of the plaques on the brickwork on the right-hand side with the name of the Royal Marine who died in the bombing.

We try to go every year that they have a concert here in memoriam.

I believe this one has very recently been refurbished.

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Re: Kent Bandstands
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2013, 21:53:31 »
Gravesend
New Tavern Fort - Possibly dates from about 1930 - still present.

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Re: Kent Bandstands
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2013, 21:40:51 »
There was a jolly nice one in Calverley Park, Tunbridge Wells until about 3 years ago.

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Re: Kent Bandstands
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2013, 20:26:58 »
Looking at old maps, I think the Strood one went sometime between 1938-54.

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Re: Kent Bandstands
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2013, 19:29:04 »
Strood
Recreation ground, Northcote Road 1886(?) - ????   http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=5166.msg41848#msg41848

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Kent Bandstands
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2013, 18:59:37 »
A bandstand is a circular or semicircular structure set in a park, garden, pier, or indoor space, designed to accommodate musical bands performing concerts. A simple construction, it both creates an ornamental focal point and also serves acoustic requirements while providing shelter from the weather, if outdoors.

Most bandstands originated in the Victorian era as the British brass band movement gained popularity. Smaller bandstands are often not much more than gazebos. Though many bandstands fell into disuse and disrepair in the post-war period, the cultural project the Bandstand Marathon has seen bandstands across the U.K utilized for free live concerts since 2008.

The parks where most bandstands are found were generally created in response to the Industrial Revolution, when local authorities realized worsening conditions in urban areas meant there was an increasing need for green, open spaces where the general public could relax. The first bandstands in Britain were built in the Royal Horticultural Society Gardens, South Kensington in 1861. Bandstands quickly became hugely popular and were considered a necessity in parks by the end of the 19th century.

To assist the war effort during World War II, iron fittings were removed from many bandstands to be melted down and transformed into weapons and artillery. Many bandstands fell into disrepair and were boarded up in the late 1940s and 1950s. Other attractions such as the cinema and television were becoming increasing popular and traditional recreational parks lost much of their appeal.

Between 1979 and 2001, more than half of the 438 bandstands in historic parks across the country were demolished, vandalized or in a chronic state of disuse. In the late 1990s the National Lottery and Heritage Lottery Fund invested a substantial sum in the restoration and rebuilding of bandstands across the country. As a result of this funding, over eighty bandstands were either fully restored or replaced. Between 1996 and 2010 there was over 500 million pounds worth of investments in parks - a significant amount of this money was spent on the restoration and building of bandstands.

(Above information taken primarily from Wikipedia.)

There were once many bandstands in Kent, few of which now survive.  I thought it might be interesting to build up a list of them, and try to work out the dates they were in existence, pictures, etc.

Here are the ones we know about:

KNOWN BANDSTANDS

BROADSTAIRS
Several Bandstands ranging from before 1900 to present     http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=5998.0

CANTERBURY
Dane John Gardens - built: after 1897, before 1907; still present

CHATHAM
Victoria Gardens - built: before 1909; Still present      http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=3316.0

CLIFTONVILLE
Eastern Esplanade - built: after 1899, before 1907; still present

DEAL
Deal Memorial Bandstand - built: 1993; Still present       http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=16363.0

DOVER
Pencester Gardens - built: 2000; still present

FOLKESTONE
Folkestone Leas (Clifton Gardens) - built: before 1898; still present     http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=16365.0
Folkestone Marine Gardens - built: before 1898; Demolished: 1907-38

GILLINGHAM
Gillingham Park - built: 1906; Demolished: after c.1950      http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=5698.0
Naval Recreation Ground, Great Lines - built: between 1879 & 1932, probably c.1903-10; demolished: after 1967     http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=6621.0
Prince of Wales Bastion, Chatham Lines - built: between 1879 & 1932, probably c.1903; demolished: 1948-54
The Strand - built: before 1930; demolished: after 1950     http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=1556.30

GRAVESEND
New Tavern Fort - built: before 1936; still present.

HERNE BAY
Tower Gardens, Central Parade - built after 1907, before 1938; still present (now converted to restaurant)

HYTHE
Oaklands (between Stade Street & Cricket  Ground) - built: after 1907, before 1933; still present     http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=16365.0

MAIDSTONE
Brenchley Gardens - built: before 1897; still present
Whatman Millennium Park - built 2001; still present

RAMSGATE
Wellington Crescent - built: before 1920; rebuilt: unknown; Still present      http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=16362.0

ROCHESTER
Castle Gardens - built: before 1896; demolished: after 1960 (base still present)      http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=1859.75

SEVENOAKS
Cricket Ground (Vine Park) - built: c.1896; still present

SHEERNESS
Sea-front by Royal Hotel - Built 1897; replaced 1924; Demolished 1954      http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=16364.0

STROOD
Recreation ground, Northcote Road - built: c.1886; Demolished: 1938-54   http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=5166.msg41848#msg41848

TUNBRIDGE WELLS
Calverley Park - built: after 1907, before 1936; Demolished: c.2010

WESTGATE-ON-SEA
Coronation Bandstand - built: c.1903, demolished: Unknown    http://www.kenthistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=2349.0


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