Just a minute or two from the bustle of the Exeter City Centre is the oldest public open space in the whole of England, originally laid out in 1612 as a pleasure walk for Exeter residents. Much of Northernhay gardens now represent Victorian design, with a beautiful display of trees, mature shrubs and bushes and plenty of flower beds. The area is also where many statues are situated, most importantly the War Memorial by John Angel and the Deerstalker by E.B.Stephens (pictured below). The Volenteer Memorial from 1895, also in the gardens commemorates the formation of the 1st Rifle Volunteers in 1852. Other statues include John Dinham and Thomas Dyke Ackland. The gardens are laid out in the outer ditch of Exeter Castle.
springtime in northernhay gardens. photograph by sean creech (c) 2001
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