A plan of St.George's Gardens c1900 (now Ashton Gardens).
The area comprised about twelve acres of sand dunes and were laid out, as far as possible, in the
natural state, with the dunes preserved.
In its "palmy" days it was a pleasant retreat, with its lawns, flower-beds,
pond, avenues of trees, and hills literally covered with all manner of flowering plants.
In springtime it was a pretty sight to see thousands of stocks and wallflowers
in bloom in crannies and nooks, along the paths, growing in wild profusion. It was a favourite
resort of picnic parties which visited St.Annes in the 1880s.