Avenues Open Gardens

Sunday 9th July 2017

My first visit was to artist Jackie Ward-Lomax’ garden, seen above in the background.

Reading from the programme, which doubled as an entry ticket:

The Avenues development started in 1875, originally known as the Westbourne Park Estate when it was first laid out by the enterprising developer David Parkinson Garbutt. Before this an 1869 plan shows it as farmland.

There was no regular pattern to the building of houses, which were constructed in small numbers by local builders, as was the practice of the building industry at that time.

This manner of building created an immense variety of architecture with each group of houses having its own distinctive style which makes it different from those nearby. Development of the Avenues generally finished before the Second World War.

From 1875 Princes Avenue was the only entrance to the Avenues until Chanterland Avenue was extended northwards, from Perth Street, around 1908, giving alternative access.

The Avenues and Pearson Park became a conservation area in 1974 following a lengthy campaign by the then Avenues Residents Association.

Admission was £4 per adult, although accompanied children had free entry. 

Watching the watchers admiring rhubarb plants, putting my squalid one to shame.

The girls were particularly interested, listening to their mother.

Of course, I had to befriend this adorable cat, who was completely at ease with so many strangers plodding in the garden.

A black and white cat was chilling out nearby.

Some of the gardens are rather large, allowing for a relaxed walk…

This Buddha setting the pace of the afternoon in the shadows of the surrounding plants.

Attention to detail, the harmonious use of different textures, made for a sensual experience.

My mind was storing information to re-use in my miserable little garden, half-legal, as I established it on reclaimed land.

Getting caught spying on a fairy…

Remains of former buildings finding a new home… Living history of the Avenues.



Anthony Minghella, known for The English Patient and The Talented Mr Ripley, 
lived here during his time teaching drama at the University of Hull.

Watched by the omnipresence of a cat, reflecting on the follies of us, humans…






For more information, please follow the link below:

The Avenues | Hull | East Yorkshire | United Kingdom.