GLADSTONE PARK

Here you will find some information about Gladstone Park and you will be able to watch some of the creative responses that the park inspired us to make.

 

If you are looking for Roundwood Park, click HERE

Inauguration of Gladstone Park

Photos provided by Brent Museum and Archive

Gladstone Park was opened to the public on 25th May 1901, 120 years ago. 

​The park is named after Prime Minister William Gladstone who used  Dolis Hill House as his country retreat between 1882 and 1896 while he was Prime Minister.

What is now Gladstone park was originally the grounds and gardens of Dollis Hill House.

Dollis Hill House was demolished in 2012, but if you go to the top of the hill, you can see the remains of its walls.

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Reading some of the articles published back in 1901 when the park was opened to the public, we were impressed by the power of words and how we can use them to project feelings and ideas.

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Have a look at one of the articles and at the Easy Read Introduction to the park with some of the facts that we learned about Gladstone Park.

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Inspired by Gladstone Park

We created a Spoken word piece inspired by Gladstone Park. We were impressed by the use of words back then, but we are thankful that these days communication is also very visual. Have a look at this original piece and take the opportunity to learn some Makaton signs.

Take a look around the park, does anything inspire you? Maybe you can write a poem inspired by your surroundings. Send us your poems contact@rootprintstheatre.co.uk

Gladstone Park and Mark Twain

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In the summer of 1900, Mark Twain stayed at Dollis Hill House. He said "Dollis Hill comes nearer to being a paradise than any other home I ever occupied".

Mark Twain was an American writer who wrote " The Adventures of Tom Swayer".

Very interested by this author, we read some exerpts of the book. One of them inspired us to create a movement piece about Magic.

If you would like to learn more about the quote that inspired us, click below to access the Easy Read version. You will also find information about Mark Twain and Dollis Hill.

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Gladstone Park and the wildflowers that are no longer there

We also learned that half the open space in Dollis Hill area has been lost since 1951 and with it 30 kinds of wildflowers and many nesting sites for birds.

We wondered what kind of wildflowers you could find around Gladstone park before 1951 and imagined all kinds of flowers.

 

Some of the flowers we imagined were:

Little flowers that looked like pink weeping willows

Big blue flowers

Singing flowers

Flowers that never stopped growing and made you happy

We made a movement piece inspired by these fantastic flowers. Can you recognise the flowers that we iagined?

What flowers do you think used to be around the park? Take some time and draw a flower you have never seen before. How would it look at Gladstone Park?

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Gladstone Park and the case of the missing statue

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Did you know that  the statue that you can now see in the middle of the pond on top of Dollis Hill went misteriously missing for 8 years?

The statue dissappeared one night in 1987 without a clue.

A local historian, Juliette Soester was determined to find it and bring it back were it belonged.

After many years searching, Miss Soester brought the statue back to the pond were you see it nowadays.

This Silent Film was inspired by the case of Gladstone Park's missing statue. We were very impressed by the disappearance and the efforts made by a local resident to get it back.

 

Thinking about robberies and heritage inspired us to create our own silent films around the theme of theft.

Now it's your turn to be inspired

Go to your local park, have a look around, take some time to breathe and get inspired by your surroudings.

We would love to see what you come up with, send us your videos, songs, photos, drawings, or whatever you create to contact@rootprintstheatre.co.uk

Need more inspiration? Have a look at what we created after learning about Roundwood Park

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