5 Feb 2013

The bandstand in the park



Western Park in Sheffield was the first municipal park in the city and was developed from the grounds of Western Hall and opened to the public in 1875. Later the Hall was converted into a museum and art gallery.

However, it wasn't the impressive-looking neoclassical building that attracted my attention on my walk last Friday, but the beautiful bandstand, which was installed in 1900.  It was designed in Sheffield and made by a foundry in Glasgow, Scotland.  It's a fully-glazed building and a rare example of one that has survived the passage of time as the identical one in another local park was demolished.  The Western Park bandstand was restored and many brass bands have played there.









This is the entrance side of the bandstand with the modern architecture of the University Arts Tower in the distance. How we look forward to a warmer season when the bandstand, hopefully, will be in use and bands will once more entertain the visitors to the park!

The snow returned overnight and has continued, on and off, for most of the day. It's the wet and slushy type so we were able to get out and I managed to get to the library in our local park to return some books on short loan.






8 comments:

  1. Hello Linda:
    We have rather a fine, and not totally dissimilar, bandstand in Brighton which has recently been fully restored. People now get married in it!!

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  2. There was a similar one in Truro's main park. I must go and see if it is still there.

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  3. so beautiful, i like that band stand

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  4. Love seeing the bandstand both in good weather and in snow. There is a bandstand in a big park in Nashville. We used to go to summer concerts there... SO much fun!!!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  5. Two lovely posts on your park, Linda, and how nice to see the early flowers. I do hope their covering of snow has melted now. The bandstand is remarkable and it's so good to know it's still used regularly.

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  6. What a remarkable bandstand and details. Very much enjoying this walk in the park with you.

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  7. The bandstand is very beautiful. Love seeing the stainglass detail in the windows. I bet when the sun shines through it would make a persons heart just sing. Lovely!

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  8. I really like this bandstand. It is much more elegant than the bandstands I have seen in parks over here.

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