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Brief description of site

Gifted to the people of Bolton by Lord Leverhulme, Lever Park has been a country park since 1904. The park, which covers about 160 hectares, includes terraced gardens with walks, water features, a Japanese garden with pool, a scale model of Liverpool Castle, and an ornate pigeon tower with a sewing room on the top floor. Much of this is in the process of restoration.

Brief history of site

The site forms part of the gathering grounds for two reservoirs on the western side which were built in the 1850s. Because of this, the site was offered to Liverpool Corporation in 1899, but when the Corporation declined it was bought by Lord Leverhulme. In 1901 he offered to donate around 160 hectares of the land to Bolton Corporation for a public park. Lever laid out the park at his own expense and offered to maintain it during his lifetime. The park was opened in 1904 and another ceremony was held in 1911 to celebrate the completion of most of the work.

Location information:

Address: Lever Park, Great House Barn Information Centre, Rivington Lane, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 7SB

Locality: Chorley

Local Authorities:

Lancashire; Chorley; Rivington

Historical County: Lancashire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 109 Grid Ref: SD632140
Latitude: 53.6212 Longitude: -2.55783


East of the M6, immediately north of Horwich

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open daily, from dawn to dusk. Please telephone 01 204 691549

Visitor information:

Parking, refreshments, WCs, shop. Disabled access. Dogs welcome.

Key information:

Form of site: country park

Purpose of site: country park

Context or principal building: water supply site

Site first created: 1901 to 1911

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 160

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