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The Ashton Institute before its removal


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War Memoral and Cafe Lake and Fountain Ashton Gardens

We were fortunate to have these magnificent photographs of the gardens taken recently.

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Centerary Programme
Centenary Programme


Celebrating 100 Years

In 2016, we celebrated the 100 years since Lord Ashton's generosity secured the future of the gardens for the people of the St Anne's on the Sea.

To find out more about the events for this celebration, please click on the Centenary Programme or the Poster to open it at full size.

Centenary Poster

2011: Lord Ashton Monument Restored

The restored Lord Ashton MonumentFylde's 2012 Mayor: Howard HenshawA grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund allowed SOAG to undertake a major project for the gardens.

We have researched the history of how the gardens were made, and documented that story with over 3,500 images of documents and photographs.

We presented the findings of that research at a major seminar in June 2011, and completed the restoration of the Lord Ashton Monument.

A handover ceremony saw Fylde's Mayor receive the completed monument from SOAG on behalf of the people of the town.

The picture below shows SOAG's members celebrating the completed restoration.
SOAG's members celebrating the completed restoration

25 June 2011 will see the findings of our research published.

This was a major seminar setting out the history of the gardens from before they were first laid out, through their first layout by Edward Thomas, and onward to the story of how Lord Ashton became History of Ashton Gardens Presentation of Findingsinvolved with St Annes and why he gave he gardens to the people.

The seminar was in three parts. Firstly Ruth Thurnhill of the Lancashire Gardens Trust will set the scene by explaining how the public parks movement came about and which were the early public parks.

Next, SOAG's Chairman -  Fred Moor explained how the town and the gardens were created out of a sand dune wilderness. This included considerable information about Edward Thomas who first laid out the gardens.

Finally SOAG's Vice Chairman - Jon Harrison - explained how and why Lord Ashton came to be involved and why he gave today's equivalent of 5 million to buy the gardens.

SOAG's Lottery Bid
SOAG Executive CommitteeWe heard today (April 2010), that we have been successful in obtaining the maximum grant provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund under their 'Your Heritage' scheme.

So this morning we took a celebratory picture of SOAG's Executive Committee who have worked hard over the last few years to prepare the bid to restore the Lord Ashton Monument in the Rose Garden.

The really had work starts now though as we set about forming  project committee and appointing architects and specialist contractors to restore the monument.

We will also be undertaking research into the history of the gardens and the monument and will publish the findings of that work in the near future. We hope to hold a major seminar once the research is completed, and we expect to publish a DVD and to expand the website.

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