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Friends of Grosvenor & Hilbert Park

Heritage Open Day Trail

Find out about the history, fauna and flora of Grosvenor and Hilbert Park using our Heritage Trail map plus our new self guided walk leaflet. Spot the 10 waymark posts with images relevant to the park.

The Grosvenor Recreation Ground was Tunbridge Wells' first public park. It was designed by Robert Marnock, one of the outstanding landscape gardeners of the 19th century, and was intended to serve the industrial classes living at the northern end of the town. The park opened in 1889 on the site of the former Calverley Water Works, engineered by William Hilbert.

In 1931 William Hilbert's grandson, Cllr E.J. Strange, bought the 'Charity Farm' lands to the north east, and presented them to the council. He requested they be named Hilbert Recreation Grounds after his mother, Lydia.

The recent Heritage Lottery Fund project has renewed and restored the park in keeping with its original design and features


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