Aviary

An aviary was added to the park in late 1913 and the first inhabitants were reported to be "a couple of pheasants from Lord Tredegar, three guinea fowl from Councillor D. J. Evans, a "white" blackbird from Mr. W. Bush, and some canaries from another donor."[1] The decision to construct the aviary was taken in April 1913 and it was to cost £40.[2] It was built on what was then the park boundary, south west of the nursery and west of Bellevue Court, as was shown on the 1920s Ordnance Survey map. In August, when the building was nearing completion the Parks Committee decided that the public should be invited to contribute some birds, and they agreed to advertise accordingly in the local newspapers.[3] The aviary was completed in mid September 1913.[4]

There were regular presentations of birds, and later animals such as monkeys, rats and guinea pigs, but the Parks Committee also authorised the Chairman and Deputy Chairman to make arrangements for stocking the aviary and "spend a small sum of money".[5] In March 1914 the Committee agreed to purchase birds for the aviary at a cost between £3 and £4.[6]

In July 1914 the Committee instructed the Borough Architect to submit an estimate for doubling the size of the aviary.[7]

Before the aviary was installed peacocks were kept in the park, from as early as 1896, when it was reported that a peacock and hen had been presented to the park by Colonel Lyne.[8] Only months later it was reported that the peahen has died[9] and it was subsequently agreed that two more be purchased at a cost not exceeding £1.[10] In 1917 the Parks Committee received a complaint from a resident in Friars Road about noise from the peacocks in the park. The Committee decided to take no action because the birds had been kept in the park for about 20 years without complaint and in much larger number than at present.[11]

Included in this table are all birds and animals presented to Belle Vue Park as recorded in Parks Committee minutes.

Date of Report Reason Animals
July 1896 Presentation Peacock and hen
December 1896 Presentation Two wild ducks and a drake
March 1897 Presentation Some wild ducks and a guinea fowl
September 1913 Presentation A pair of golden pheasants
September 1913 Presentation Parrot
October 1913 Presentation Six canaries
November 1913 Presentation A pair of guinea fowl
November 1913 Presentation Bull finch
December 1913 Presentation Two pheasants[1]
December 1913 Presentation Three guinea fowl[1]
December 1913 Presentation "White" blackbird[1]
April 1914 Presentation Cinnamon blackbird
April 1914 Presentation Spotted blackbird
April 1914 Presentation Three doves
May 1914 Presentation White cockatoo
May 1914 Presentation Green parrot
June 1914 Presentation Toucan
June 1914 Presentation Macaw
July 1914 Presentation Parakeet
July 1914 Presentation Pair of Madagascar lovebirds
July 1914 Presentation Six canaries
October 1914 Presentation West African parrot
February 1915 Stolen Seven canaries and two parrots[12]
February 1915 Presentation Monkey
March 1915 Stolen A number of birds were stolen
March 1915 Presentation Amazon parrot
March 1915 Presentation Cockatoo
March 1915 Presentation Magpie pigeons
April 1915 Note Agreed: aviary to be extended
April 1915 Presentation Parrot
July 1915 Presentation Ring-necked parakeet
August 1915 Presentation Australian parrot
August 1915 Presentation A pair of silver pheasants
November 1915 Presentation Grey parrot
February 1916 Presentation Parrot
March 1915 Presentation Monkey
April 1916 Presentation Sulphur crested cockatoo
April 1916 Presentation Ring-necked parakeet
May 1916 Presentation White rat
October 1916 Presentation A pair of guinea pigs
October 1916 Presentation Ring-necked parakeet
January 1917 Note Now 10 silver pheasants in the collection
May 1917 Presentation Two pairs fan tailed pigeons
May 1917 Presentation One pair nun pigeons
May 1917 Presentation Parakeet
May 1917 Presentation Parakeet
June 1917 Note Peacock moved in to park from Beechwood Park
June 1917 Note Two monkeys already in the aviary
June 1917 Presentation Monkey
June 1917 Presentation Ten Rice Birds to be placed in the conservatory
February 1919 Presentation for public parks Parrot
August 1925 Presentation Very large white Australian cockatoo, sulphur crested
December 1925 Presentation Monkey
March 1926 Presentation West Indian Parrot
January 1927 Transferred Two monkeys transferred to Bristol Zoological Gardens
June 1928 Presented Parrot
July 1928 Presented Three pairs bantams (Japanese white)
July 1928 Presented Three young silver pheasants
July 1928 Presented Two pairs of fan tailed pigeons
July 1928 Presented Three pairs of Italian pigeons

In the later 1920s few birds and animals were presented and in July 1926 the Committee declined the offer of a monkey owing to the lack of suitable accommodation.[13] In September 1926 it was decided that three monkeys be offered to the Clifton Zoological Gardens, though the donor of one of them was first to be given the option of taking it back. At this time also the Parks Committee was considering whether to repair the aviary or to construct a new one.[14]

In October 1932 the Parks Committee decided "that the aviary be dispensed with and its contents, together with the pea-fowl, be disposed of".[15]

Sources of Information

  1. Western Mail, Saturday 10th January 1914 page 6
  2. Newport County Borough Council Parks and Cemeteries Committee 18th April 1913
  3. Newport County Borough Council Parks and Cemeteries Committee 15th August 1913
  4. Newport County Borough Council Parks and Cemeteries Committee 19th September 1913
  5. Newport County Borough Council Parks and Cemeteries Committee 17th October 1913
  6. Newport County Borough Council Parks and Cemeteries Committee 20th March 1914
  7. Newport County Borough Council Parks and Cemeteries Committee 17th July 1914
  8. Newport County Borough Council Parks Parks, Cemeteries and Allotments Committee 17th July 1896
  9. Newport County Borough Council Parks, Cemeteries and Allotments Committee 18th December 1896
  10. Newport County Borough Council Parks Parks, Cemeteries and Allotments Committee 19th March 1897
  11. Newport County Borough Council Parks and Cemeteries Committee 15th June 1917
  12. Western Mail, Saturday 27th February 1915 page 8
  13. Newport County Borough Council Parks and Cemeteries Committee 23rd July 1926
  14. Newport County Borough Council Parks and Cemeteries Committee 30th September 1926
  15. Newport County Borough Council Parks and Cemeteries Committee 21st October 1932