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Guest Jeremy

Probably well represented here already, can't believe it wasn't the first thing on my mind ... needs a representation here also.

I agree with Stuart that The Park is probably better off with its own topic. It wasn't ever a park in the sense that is being used in this thread.

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I agree with Stuart that The Park is probably better off with its own topic. It wasn't ever a park in the sense that is being used in this thread.

If you're thinking of medieval emparkments then there were several others in Hallamshire...Shirecliffe, Loxley Chase and Rivelin Chase spring to mind; exclusive rather than inclusive, as far as the general public were concerned.

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Stuart0742

If you're thinking of medieval emparkments then there were several others in Hallamshire...Shirecliffe, Loxley Chase and Rivelin Chase spring to mind; exclusive rather than inclusive, as far as the general public were concerned.

This is a whole new ball game for somebody a lot more clever than me, I am just a simple soul.

Another volunteer required :)

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dunsbyowl1867

Weston Park

Map Ref 81

Multimap Link

http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/i...ost&p=43481

The 12 1/2 acre estate which formed Weston Park was formerly the home of Thomas Harrison and his daughters Anne and Elizabeth. The estate was purchased by the Town Council for £18,000 and opened as Sheffield's first public park. The park was offically opened on 4 May 1874.

Weston Park Observatoty

http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s10855

http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=y01774

Rebuilt in Weston Park to house a large telescope originally owned by Thomas Rawson Barker - donated to the town by his daughter. Opened 20 September 1880. There was a curator who was available Wednesday and Saturday evenings during the winter to supervise visitors & give instruction. It is believed it was removed during WW2.

The telescope was equatorially mounted, was 8ft in diameter focal length and had an object lens 6 inches in diameter. It had nine eyepieces of avrious powers. It was fitted with a clockwork drive to keep it fixed on an object

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Weston Park Observatoty

http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=s10855

http://www.picturesheffield.com/cgi-bin/pi...ff.refno=y01774

Rebuilt in Weston Park to house a large telescope originally owned by Thomas Rawson Barker - donated to the town by his daughter. Opened 20 September 1880. There was a curator who was available Wednesday and Saturday evenings during the winter to supervise visitors & give instruction. It is believed it was removed during WW2.

The telescope was equatorially mounted, was 8ft in diameter focal length and had an object lens 6 inches in diameter. It had nine eyepieces of avrious powers. It was fitted with a clockwork drive to keep it fixed on an object

Updates done upto this post

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RichardB

This is a whole new ball game for somebody a lot more clever than me, I am just a simple soul.

Another volunteer required :)

Start another (small) thread for Ancient Parks ...

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Stuart0742

Mappin Art Gallery Weston Park

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neddy

Wonder why our illustrious council didn't keep to the bargain :unsure:

A gift to Sheffield. October 1878

It was announced at the meeting of the Sheffield Council, on Wednesday, that the Duke of Norfolk had set apart three pieces of land as recreation Grounds for the people of Sheffield.

The land is situated at Parkwood Springs, Carlisle Street East, and Beighton-lane districts, where thousands of working people will be able to use these open spaces.

His grace has given these grounds, which are upwards of twenty six acres in extent, to the Corporation, on condition that they be preserved as recreation grounds, for the people of Sheffield forever. The thanks of the Corporation were voted to his grace for his gift.

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Guest Gramps

Mappin Art Gallery Weston Park

Is that still an Art Gallery ? I thought I read that it has been turned into a 'fun' museum for kids.

Wonder what happened to all the 'Art'....

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Stuart0742

Is that still an Art Gallery ? I thought I read that it has been turned into a 'fun' museum for kids.

Wonder what happened to all the 'Art'....

Is all the Art at the Graves!

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dunsbyowl1867

Roe Wood

Map Ref 70

he he Could be an then & now! Some time after 1897 I assume! Though which is earlier?

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Stuart0742

Beauchief Gardens

Map Ref 5

Multimap Link

Date not known

postmarked 1968

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Stuart0742

Graves Park & Animal Farm

Map Ref 40

Rose Garden and Cafe 1970

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dunsbyowl1867

Wyming Brrok

Map Ref 90

Old postcard

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dunsbyowl1867

Brightside Recreation Ground

Photo - Brightside Rec 2008

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dunsbyowl1867

Mappin Art Gallery Weston Park

Another old postcard of the Mappin

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dunsbyowl1867

Old postcard

Drinking Fountain & Refreshment rooms

Firth Park

Map Ref 31

http://www.sheffield.gov.uk/out--about/par...arks/firth-park

Cafe Link

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http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/i...ost&p=43482

The 36 acre park was a gift to the town from Mark Firth. Originally forming part of the larger Page Hall estate, purchased by Firth in 1873, the Park was offically opened on 16 April 1875 by the Price and Princess of Wales.

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Bayleaf

I assume Endcliffe Woods are part of Endcliffe Park?

What we now know as Endcliffe Park was originally called Endcliffe Woods.

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dunsbyowl1867

Firth Park

Map Ref 31

Photo of Old Refreshment rooms Firth Park 2008

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Stuart0742

Photo of Old Refreshment rooms Firth Park 2008

All pictures added to main entries upto last post

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dunsbyowl1867

Concord Park

Map Ref 19

Concord Park was presented to the City By Alderman J G Graves in 1929 it wa made larger be the in 1932.

At one time recreational facilities included :

Ten Tennis Courts

Twenty Three Football Pitches

Seven Cricket Pitches

Two bolwing greens

A nine Hole golf course

A miniture gold course

Chirlrens Play Ground

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