Citation Jones S, Cobb H, Colton R & Giles M (2013) 'Parklife' past and present: The Whitworth Park Community Archaeology and History Project. Journal of Victorian Culture Online. http://jvc.oup.com/2013/03/26/parklife-past-and-present-the-whitworth-park-community-archaeology-and-history-project/
Abstract First paragraph: Whitworth Park was opened in 1890 towards the tail end of the most prolific park building period the country has ever known. It cost £69,000, and was filled with features designed for the recreation and health of the surrounding neighbourhood. The park became extremely popular on its opening, “abundantly visited” by the local population,with some “six to eight thousand” people present on a Sunday afternoon in April 1893.In its Victorian and Edwardian hey-day, Whitworth Park boasted many typical features, such as a bandstand, a large boating lake, an observatory, various shelters, extensive formal flowerbeds, statues, and a covered walkway (Fig 1). However, many of these were removed in the post-war period; a common fate reflecting changes in urban park management and funding cuts.
Keywords Heritage Lottery; Parks; Open Spaces; Public Engagement, Community Heritage