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Watts (West) Park

Image of railings along Watts (West) ParkA Green Flag award winning park, West Park also known as Watts Park after the monument of Isaac Watts which occupies a central position. Isaac Watts is one of Southampton’s most famous son’s. He was famous as an author, educator, philosopher and hymn writer. Born in 1674, he lived at 41 French Street and was educated at the nearby King Edward VI grammar school. Isaac Watts was one of the leading nonconformists in the town and is mainly remembered for his hymns which include ‘Our God, Our Help in Ages Past’ which is chimed on the Civic Centre clock at 8.00 am, noon and 4.00 pm.

The layout of West Park is based upon the east-west axis that was established in the mid 19th century. Originally the park had one focal point, the Watts monument but the Cenotaph (designed by Edwin Lutyens), was added in 1920 on the eastern edge of the park. The east-west axial path links the two monuments and then continues further west until it divides and leads to two entrances in the north-west corner and at the western end of the park. The sculpture ‘Enclosure’ by Paul De Monchaux 2000 was commissioned under the heritage lottery fund scheme. The four metre high stone sculpture frames four skyline landmarks in and around the park and is a good meeting/discussion point for some of the guided walks and talks that take place.

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Features in Watts (West) Park

1. Enclosure: Paul De Monchaux, 2000

Enclosure-plus-clock-framedEnclosure is a four metre high Portland Roach stone sculpture that marks the far point of the main east-west path through the park. The sculpture frames four skyline landmarks around the park.










2. Isaac Watts Memorial

Image of Watts MemorialIsaac Watts is one of Southampton’s most famous son’s. He was famous as an author, educator, philosopher and hymn writer. Born in 1674, he lived at 41 French Street and was educated at the nearby King Edward VI Grammar School. He was one of the leading nonconformists in the town and is mainly remembered for his hymns which include ‘Our God, Our Help in Ages Past’ which is chimed on the Civic Centre clock at 8.00 am, noon and 4.00 pm.

The memorial was built by public subscription and unveiled in 1861.





3. The Cenotaph

Image of the Cenotaph Watts (West) ParkThe Cenotaph was unveiled in November 1920 the money having been raised by public subscription. The architect was Sir Edwin Lutyens. The style is typical of many similar civic war memorials and was the basis of the Whitehall Cenotaph. It is built of Portland stone. The names of 2008 of those who fell in the Great War are inscribed.




4. Passage

Passage is a sculpture designed by John Maine in 1996.

Images of Watts Park

Image of organic railings Watts Park

Organic railings running along the park behind the Cenotaph

Image of organic railings Watts Park

Close up of organic railings

Image of Watts Park bedding

Summer bedding in Watts Park

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Contact information

  • 0800 519 1919
  • Parks and Street Cleansing (RL) Southampton City Council, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LY