Bandstands: Pavilions for music, leisure and entertainment

By Paul Rabbitts

A beautifully illustrated history of bandstands and other pavilions built for music.

History
100% funded
107 supporters
Published

Publication date: Autumn 2018

book cover
Rewards for this book are not available.

Sold out!

$35  + shipping
30 pledges

Paperback & Postcards

A paperback edition of the book with a set of postcards of bandstands from the collection held in the Historic England Archive. SHIPPING IS INCLUDED
$35  + shipping
50 pledges

Early Bird Special (First 50 Pledges)

A signed paperback edition of the book with a set of postcards of bandstands from the collection held in the Historic England Archive. Your name in the back of the book. SHIPPING IS INCLUDED
$40  + shipping
30 pledges

Signed Paperback & Postcards

A signed paperback edition of the book with a set of postcards of bandstands from the collection held in the Historic England Archive. SHIPPING IS INCLUDED

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take for my book to get dispatched?

For books in stock we usually dispatch orders within a few working days. You will receive a dispatch email when your order is on the way.

Where can I get my book delivered to?

We have temporarily stopped taking orders for published books going to EU destinations due to BREXIT restrictions, but we deliver to most other countries worldwide. Enter your delivery address during checkout and we'll display the shipping cost when we know where to send your book. If your country does not appear on the list we are not currently taking orders to that destination.

If I buy an ebook, when will I receive this?

Ebook files are sent via email after checkout, or you can download them from your Unbound account.

Where can I buy a copy if there's none available through the Unbound website?

The book should be available to order from most bookshops, or you can support your local bookshop online by ordering from bookshop.org.

Still have a question? Visit our Help Centre to find out more.

In 1833, the Select Committee for Public Walks was introduced so that ‘the provision of parks would lead to a better use of Sundays and the replacement of the debasing pleasures.’ Music was seen as an important moral influence and ‘musical cultivation … the safest and surest method of popular culture’. The eventual introduction of the bandstand became a significant aspect of the reforming potential of public parks.

However, music in public spaces, and the history and heritage of the bandstand has largely been ignored. In their heyday, there were over 1,500 bandstands in the country, in public parks, on piers and seaside promenades, attracting crowds of over 10,000 in the case of the Arboretum in Lincoln. Up until the beginning of the Second World War most of London’s parks held regular weekday and weekend concerts.

Paul Rabbitts tells the story of these pavilions made for music, and their history, decline and revival. He discusses their evolution as ‘orchestras’ in the early Pleasure Gardens and the music played within them, as well as the growth of the brass band movement; he examines the intricate and ornate ironwork of the bandstand and the great foundries that produced it; he looks at the worldwide influence of the bandstand, from their great decline post Second World War to their subsequent revival in the late 1990s.

Illustrated throughout with contemporary and archive images, drawings and postcards, this is a thoroughly engaging study of an often overlooked aspect of British architectural, cultural and entertainment history. Paul Rabbitts’ unique historical perspective is complemented by a gazetteer of all extant and demolished British bandstands.


Publishing Partner

Historic England is the public body that champions and protects England’s historic environment, from the prehistoric to the post-War. For further information go to HistoricEngland.org.uk


Buy

Quick select rewards

$35  + shipping
50 pledges

Early Bird Special (First 50 Pledges)

A signed paperback edition of the book with a set of postcards of bandstands from the collection held in the Historic England Archive. Your name in the back of the book. SHIPPING IS INCLUDED
$35  + shipping
30 pledges

Paperback & Postcards

A paperback edition of the book with a set of postcards of bandstands from the collection held in the Historic England Archive. SHIPPING IS INCLUDED