Aberdeen City HER - NJ80NE0043 - HAZLEHEAD PARK

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Primary ReferenceNJ80NE0043
NRHE Card No.NJ80NE67
NRHE Numlink 149428
HES LB No. 20059
Site Form Standing Structure
Site Condition Complete 2
Details Park and gardens of Hazlehead House depicted on historic OS maps. The 1st edition shows the house set in wooded grounds. A number of vases are depicted within the grounds and to the southeast of the house is a fountain. Some distance east of the house is Hazlehead Cottage and a small walled garden with glasshouses depicted on the 2nd edition map. The park passed to public ownership in 1920. Features within the park include an aviary, maze and Hazlehenge, a group of three granite blocks. These stones, three of four originally quarried from Kemnay in the late 1930s to be carved into lion statues for the City's new King George VI Bridge (NJ90SW0985). The bridge was completed 1940 but work on these stones halted as the Air Ministry ruled that all projects not deemed vital to the war effort had to be stopped. Increasing costs meant that in the post war years the work on the stones for their original purpose was never completed, and in 1970 they were taken to Hazelhead Park. The fourth stone stands in Bon Accord Square as a memorial to Archibald Simpson, unveiled in 1975. A zoo was opened in the park in 1966. See also NJ80NE0317 - site of Hazlehead House and gardens, and NJ80NE0319, site of fountain, NJ80NE0588, lodge). At NJ8924705345 is a fountain erected by Alexander Cooper in October 1901 in the Castlegate, and moved to this location in December 1947. Of polished Rubislaw granite it has four basins, the water supplied through high relief lions' head above each basin. Also within the park are a Listed lodge, dating from the early 19th century (circa 1826) in Tudor style, and a K6 telephone kiosk, the design by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, 1935. Within the rose garden stands the Piper Alpha memorial commemorating the 167 men who died on the Piper Alpha platform in July 1988 (NJ80NE0637).
Last Update11/01/2024
Updated Bycpalmer
Date of Compilation13/09/2017

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