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Open spaces / Memorial Park / Garden of Remembrance / Sports Field - Church Lane - Allsprings Drive - Brantfell Road / Bottom Rec. / Lowerfold Park
Churchfield / Top Rec. / Lyndon Avenue Playground / Norden Valley Recreation Area / Garden Street / Greenhill Playground / Bank Mill

Memorial Park

In 1921 land near Hindle Fold and Allsprings Drive was given to the Council for pleasure grounds by James Boardman, William Pickup and Henry Milton Thompson. The area to the west of Church Lane was landscaped, trees and shrubs were donated, and became Memorial Park with the Garden of Remembrance, the larger area to the east being used as playing fields.

Plan of the donated land used to make Memorial Park, Great Harwood
Plan from the Trappes-Lomax collection

 

The Budgie Hut

Along a cherry blossom avenue to the bugie hut

It might not look much but many happy hours were spent here, by the budgies too.

The budgie hut across lawnsand flower beds
Photos Brian Sheperd.
"There wouldn't have been grass cuttings left on the lawns when I wer a lad."
Flower beds and budgie hut from the west

New hut but no budgies
Designed with anticipated vandalism in mind. Photo John Duckworth

 

 

 

 

But with "resources" being stretched the birds had to go. Then, with some unauthorised help, the hut was remodeled.

Church Lane

Cherry blossom along Church Lane, Memorial Park, Great Harwood
Photo Anthony Gilmartin

August 2000 from almost the same place as the Remembrance Day 1949 shot.

Looking across Church Lane to the 'Old Church' playing field
Photo Brian Sheperd

Top of the park

From the top of Memorial Park

Pendle Hill

Not good but if you can just make out a hazy shape like a cloud in the background that's it.

View to Pendle Hill
( There'll be a better one sometime. Then on the other hand ......... maybe not)

Looking out to Read

View to Read
before the trees grew

 

Map of parks

 

Open spaces / Memorial Park / Garden of Remembrance / Sports Field - Church Lane - Allsprings Drive - Brantfell Road / Bottom Rec. / Lowerfold Park
Churchfield / Top Rec. / Lyndon Avenue Playground / Norden Valley Recreation Area / Garden Street / Greenhill Playground / Bank Mill

 

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Sources

Great Harwood Gleanings, Louie Pollard, 1978, Lancs County Council. Pages 125 - 126
A Great Harwood Miscellany, Louie Pollard. Page 46
1066. Great Harwood from William the Conqueror to the Millennium, Louie Pollard, Great Harwood Civic Society, 1999. Page 29

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