Alice Park – A Little Bit of History: 1973 – 2002
Bryan Fenton moved to 1 Alice Park in 1973. He was employed then by Bath City Park’s Department as a Park Keeper and looked after Alice Park cutting grass, hedges, digging and planting boarders, and taking the money for those wanting to play tennis.
As resident of 1 Alice Park he had his own back garden immediately outside the back of the house and also the land behind the long hedge which is now the Alice Park Community Garden.
He tended the garden lovingly growing all kinds of vegetables and chrysanthemums and at one time kept chickens and rabbits in a run alongside the length of the garden. Bryan being a very keen gardener often showed his vegetables and flowers in local horticultural shows such as Batheaston, Bathampton, Claverton Down, Corston and Farmborough.
One day someone knocked on the door of 1 Alice Park with this ariel photograph of Bryan’s garden (I think it must have been around about 1977) asking Bryan if he would like to buy it, which of course he did. In the photograph you can see the house and gardens as they were then. The tall tree in the park by the side of the house blocks the view of a garage that use to stand at the side of number 2 Alice Park and where now stands the Oak Barn.
Bryan retired as Park Keeper in 1996 but remained living at 1 Alice Park attending his garden until he moved in 2002.
Lynne Chesworth (Bryan’s daughter) October 2015.