Lowther Gardens is the oldest park in Lytham St Annes, one of the flagship parks in the borough of Fylde.
Lowther Gardens surround Lowther Pavilion, between the seafront and the main road into town. It’s a popular green space for local people and visitors. You can enjoy activities and events, visit the cafe or just take in the beautiful greenery.
Lowther Gardens Today
This beautiful public space is the oldest park in Lytham St Annes. Find out more about Lowther Gardens past further down this page.
It covers an area of 5.65 hectares, occupying the space between the main A584 coast road (West Beach) and Church Road. Woodville Terrace at the northern edge and Lowther Terrace at the south.
The address for Lowther Gardens is West Beach, Lytham, FY8 5QQ
Have you been to Lowther Gardens? It’s a lovely space for everyone to use – whether you’re visiting leafy Lytham or lucky enough to live here. Lowther Gardens has held the Green Flag quality award for many years.
Like most other community parks, Lowther Gardens has changed and grown over the years. Additions over the years include the Sports Pavilion, Tennis Courts, Play Area and Toilets.
More recently the bowling greens were improved, along with the beautiful herbaceous border.
There must have been sore backs when a whopping 1100 new roses were planted in 2002 to restore the rose garden. Fifteen new seats, added at the same time, make for a delightful spot to sit awhile and take in the fragrance.
Why don’t you try out the children’s play area, tennis courts and bowling greens? Or just have a walk through the park to look at the plants, flowers and wildlife.
Lowther Gardens, a Historical Park
As it’s the oldest park in the town, you’d expect it to be recognised in some way. And it is, because Lowther Gardens is on the English Heritage list of historical parks and gardens.
Local Historian Nick Moore is the author of ‘The History of Blackpool and the Fylde of Lancashire‘.
Nick tells us that it was way back in 1860 when Colonel John Talbot first constructed public pleasure grounds in Lytham. “A pond and fountain issued from a central rockery, there was extensive tree and shrub planting, pathways, lawns, a small wooden shelter (pavilion), and flower beds. The boundaries were marked by Lowther Terrace at the Eastern extremity and Woodville Terrace the Western.”
The Gardens as we know them, opened on 27 August 1872. It’s built on what was originally rough grazing land, known as Hungry Moor. The gardens were intended to provide facilities for locals – and to try to tempt Blackpool’s visitors to come to Lytham!
Named in Memory
The gardens were built by Squire J Talbot Clifton, in honour of his wife, Eleanor Cecily Clifton. She was of the Lowther family from Cumbria, and the gardens were in her father’s memory. He died in 1868 and that’s where the name comes from.
The gardens was designed and laid out by George Rowbotham, head gardener at Avenham Park in Preston. Then along came Mr Tomlinson who worked on the Clifton Estate. He set to work on the newly landscaped site and supervised its transformation into a beautiful park and gardens.
The Gardens were given to the council in 1905. If you look at the old Ordnance Survey map from 1908 you can see the original layout of the park. Interestingly, you’ll also see that most of that original design is still in place today.
Changes at Lowther Gardens
Given the fact that it’s been around for well over 150 years, you’d expect it to have seen a few changes. Even though it’s shape and layout is mostly intact, there have been alterations through the decades.
In 1905 the Bowling Greens were laid out.
The first Lowther Pavilion was added in 1922. It was replaced in 1981 and still stands today (below).
New entrances (below) and car parking were added in 1936 and the Aviary was added in 1934.
In 1999 the beautiful herbaceous border was planted to replace the rose bed near the pitch and putt.
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