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Freedom Fields Park

District: 
Plymouth
Parish: 
Plymouth
Grid ref: 
SX 249 552
Map no: 
Landranger 201
Type of site: 
Urban park
Description: 

The park retains its essential Victorian character with sturdy cast iron railings, fine lampposts, seats and a handsome shelter.  There are magnificent views from the park; on a clear day one can see the Eddystone Lighthouse on the horizon and the Plymouth Breakwater.  New tree planting has recently enhanced  the park which has many mauture trees. The parks origins date back to the celebrations and festival of the local people for the ‘ Incorporation of the Borough of Plymouth’ by Act of Parliament in 1439.  As part of the celebrations mock battles were re-enacted by local youths commemorating the fight which took place against the invading Bretons, hence Freedom Fields.   The formal park is on the site of the decisive battle of the Civil War which was fought on the 3rd December 1643 when the Royalists were defeated by the Parliamentarians; this led to the end of the Siege of Plymouth.  The park was extended in 1885  and the sturdy granite monument commemorating the victory of the Parliamentary forces over the besieging Royalists was erected in 1891. The Friends of the Park are looking to erect a memorial to Michael Foot who was born in a house near the park in 1913.

view towards Plymouth Sound
Victorian park shelter
Conservation Area: 
No
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: 
No
Area of Great Landscape Value: 
No
Nature Conservation Zone: 
No
Coastal Preservation Area: 
No
National Park: 
No
Scheduled: 
No
Evidence: 
MapView plan, scale 1:2500 Getmapping aerial photograph 1:2500 Historic Maps c1880 scale 1:2500
References: 
Cherry & Pevsner: The Buildings of England – Devon, 1989: 670 S Pugsley: Devon Gardens – An Historical Survey, 1994: 152
Status: 
on Devon Gazetteer