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Queens Gardens, Ironmarket, Newcastle-under-Lyme


Queens Gardens -

a garden from a marsh

 

A Town on Millennium Eve, Newcastle
A Town on Millennium Eve, Newcastle

An oil painting by Tim Lloyd, commissioned for the Millennium by Newcastle-under-Lyme Museum and Art Gallery. The painting contains images of people celebrating Millennium's Eve in Newcastle and contains various scenes, including the market, Queen's Gardens, and the Guildhall.

Borough Museum and Art Gallery, Newcastle under Lyme - 1999
 


Queens Gardens - Google maps 2008
Queens Gardens - Google maps 2008
Queens Gardens on the corner of Ironmarket, Nelson Place and Barracks Road (was Bagnall Street)

Queens Gardens - the origin of the area

A marshland & lake

The Ironmarket was in existence by the middle of the 14th century - at the eastern end was marshland and an area of water which was known as Colleswaynes Lake.

The borough owned the waste land known as The Marsh .......The Marsh, consisting in 1782 of 23 acres, was situated at the east end of the town in the area now occupied by Nelson Place, Queen Street, King Street, and Brunswick Street. As early as 1698 the borough council had attempted to have The Marsh inclosed but apparently without success,  and it was not until 1782 that an Inclosure Act was obtained, whereby the land was inclosed.

In 1782 the first steps were taken to reclaim The Marsh by enclosing its 23 acres of waste land described as being in a "ruinous state".  As a result of the operations of the Marsh Trust the waterlogged area at the eastern end of the Ironmarket was drained to become the existing Nelson Place, from which new streets radiated eastwards and southwards.
On the east were Queen Street, King Street, and Brunswick Street, and on the south Bagnall Street, now Barracks Road, by 1818 all these streets were in existence.

Source: 'Newcastle-under-Lyme: Introduction',
A History of the County of Stafford: Volume 8



Ironmarket and the Marsh c.1785

At the eastern end of the Ironmarket can be seen the area marked on the map as "Marsh" - this became Nelson Place, the new roads shown radiating from the marsh became Queen Street, King Street and Brunswick Street.

The area shown in red is where the Queens Gardens came to be located. The location of Colleswaynes Lake is shown.

 
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