A Commanding View: Liverpool’s Public Parks, 1722-1870

Layton-Jones, Katy (2013). A Commanding View: Liverpool’s Public Parks, 1722-1870. Cultural and Social History, 10(1) pp. 47–67.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2752/147800413X13515292098151


Over the last three centuries, the visual characteristics of a town, its structures, public spaces and atmospheric conditions, have been employed as the most immediate means of evaluating its failings and triumphs. Focusing upon Liverpool, this article uses a range of visual imagery alongside traditional written sources to identify and interpret the role that parks and urban green space played in defining the reputation of that town throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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