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Latitude: 51.8919 / 51°53'30"N
Longitude: 0.9034 / 0°54'12"E
OS Eastings: 599879
OS Northings: 225465
OS Grid: TL998254
Mapcode National: GBR SN5.77G
Mapcode Global: VHKFZ.LQY1
Entry Name: Bandstand
Listing Date: 7 July 2006
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1391703
English Heritage Legacy ID: 494976
Location: Colchester, Essex, CO1
Electoral Ward/Division: Castle
Built-Up Area: Colchester
Traditional County: Essex
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex
Church of England Parish: Colchester St Botolph with Holy Trinity (LEP)
Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford
584/0/10063 CASTLE PARK
A bandstand erected in 1894 and manufactured by Walter Macfarlane and Co
Description: Constructed in cast iron, timber and stone. It has an octagonal plinth, with a single entrance at the south, approached by three stone steps. Eight slender, decorative cast iron columns support a pagoda, with gold painted iron finials above and a timber-clad ceiling. The columns have low relief, foliate and 'scissor' moulding on the shafts and composite capitals, above which there is an open-iron, moulded frieze and decorative iron brackets suopporting an overhanging pagoda roof. Replicated cast iron balustrade of round arches with foliate mouldings and dog bars, moulded handrail and ball finials at the entrance.
History: The Bandstand was commissioned by Colchester Borough Council and erected shortly after Castle Park was opened to the public. It is one of the original features of the park, specifically designed to allow concerts by full military bands from Colchester Garrison. The original ornamental balustrade is throught to have been removed to provide scrap iron during the Second World War and was reinstated in 2002-2003 using the original designs of the former Walter MacFarlane and Co.
Summary of Importance: The bandstand in Castle Park, Colchester is a good example of a late 19th century built feature, integral to the design of a registered municipal park. It displays good decorative detail, eg architectural metalwork, and in terms of design and materials it is also of good architectural quality. The original balustrade was scrapped for the war effort but this adds historic interest to the structure, and the reinstated balustrade is a faithful replica thus preserving the bandstand¿s integrity. It is considered to be of special architectural and historic interest in a national context. It is of sufficient special interest to be listed at Grade II.
Listing NGR: 59987 22546
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