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9) Who used our park?

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Who used our park?

1) Sources of information 

Maps and plans


A map or street plan will show how the area surrounding your park looked and how it was used. How would people from these places have used this park?

Image: © Tyne & Wear Archives Service

Buildings nearby




Looking at the homes nearby will help give children some idea about the type of people who would have regularly visited or used your park.

Image: © David Walmsley

Trade directories


Trade directories - produced for tradesmen who sold their wares door-to-door - provide a fascinating insight into the professions or trades of people who lived near your park. This extract shows the occupation of people who lived in a grand Georgian terrace that overlooks a park and one of the streets behind.

Image: © Tyne & Wear Archives Services

Old photographs or postcards



Old photographs and postcards of a park can often show the surrounding area. Remember that postcards were produced as souvenirs and to promote the town, and consequently may not show the area as it was. Ask children what might be missing in postcard scenes (smoke, noise, pollution, unpleasant smells).

Image: © Peter Davis Postcard Collection

Image: © Sunderland Council/Mowbray Park