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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

'Old Church' Sports Field

In 1920 James Boardman, William Pickup and Henry Milton Thompson gave land behind St Bartholomew's Church (The Old Chrch) to the Council for the purpose of laying out a public park some of which became the Memorial Park and Garden of Remembrance the remainder was used for a sports field.

The playing field is roughly triangular bounded by CHURCH LANE, ALLSPRINGS DRIVE and BRANTFELL ROAD. A special feature of the field were the horse chestnut trees along Church Lane and Allsprings Drive loved my many but especially by generations of school boys. However they were attacked by an incurable, airborne disease which meant many had to be felled. Also "improvements" to the playing area resulted in trees, healthy or not, being removed to allow access for earth moving machinery. Replanting with other tree varieties has been undertaken but the "nature" of the area has, for now, been totally destroyed.

Church Lane

Row of horse chestnut trees in flower blocking the view to Memorial Park
The row of horse chestnut trees along Church Lane. The white things are flowers not a symptom of the disease.

Gap left after the removal of trees allowing Memorial Park to be seen
After the trees were removed. New trees were planted but there was a now a view through to Memorial Park.

South east to the corner of Allsprings Drive and Brantfell Road September 2002
From Church Lane to the ground slopes to the south east and houses are visible

and the same shot in June 2004
.An area of land has been raised and leveled so only the second floor of the houses are visible
As well as losing trees some of the ground has been raised and leveled. Perhaps not a bad thing.

East across the field to Allsprings Drive August 2000 and June 2004.
The effects of the disease can be seen in the first photo (Brian Sheperd) with trees
already losing their leaves even though the shot was taken in high summer.
Line of conker trees along Allsprings Drive with some already showing autumn colours in August
In the second photo houses can be seen at the corner of the field that were hidden by trees.
It also shows the "improved", leveled area but it can still be used for dog walking.
I think my horizon is more correct than Brian's.
Leveled area of the sports field blocking the view to Allsprings Drive and Brantfell Road

From the Garden of Remembrance May 2001 and May 2003.
Flowering conker trees
Muddy sports field after horse chestnut trees have been removed

August 2000 and June 2004.
Row of conker trees block any view south
Trees removed from Church Lane and Brantfield Road allow a clear view to houses across the playing field
A year makes a difference, grass has grown, new trees have been
planted but more have gone making the red brick Northlands visible.

From the junction with Allsprings Drive May 2003 and June 2004.
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In the first photo the line of trees blocks the view to Church Lane after the bend.
In the second shot the view of the houses is quite good.

 

CHURCH LANE / ALLSPRINGS DRIVE / BRANTFELL ROAD

 

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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