To Celebrate Heritage Open Days, the National Lottery Heritage funded South Cliff Gardens Project are proud to present this short film by artists David and Angela Chalmers that celebrates the nature and heritage of the South Cliff Gardens. The film showcases the beautiful rose garden, formerly known as, ‘The Large Rosary’, which was created by George Lord Beeforth during the Victorian era. He owned 13 acres of the land south of the cliff lift, and built many properties along the Esplanade including Belvedere House with a private tunnel under the road providing access to his gardens.
Today the South Cliff Gardens are freely accessible, yet once upon a time the public would enter via closed gates and pay for admission. The film takes the viewer on a nostalgic tour offering the exclusive experience of Beeforth’s tunnel, not usually open for public viewing and revealing the historical architecture and hidden garden beyond. It was visionaries such as Beeforth that provided the town with many enchanting coastal gardens and we would love for you to join us as we explore this part of ours.