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Brief description of site

Mesnes Park occupies a 12 hectare site immediately to the north-west of Wigan town centre. It was opened as a public park in 1878, and includes a number of Victorian park features including a bandstand, a pavilion and a Pulhamite rock feature.

Brief history of site

The land had been meadow and pasture, but by 1847 supported two collieries. Wigan Corporation purchased the site after 1871, and a competition was held for the design in 1877. The opening ceremony for the park was held in August 1878.

Location information:

Address: Mesnes Park, Wigan, WN1 2DQ

Locality: Wigan

Local Authorities:

Greater Manchester; Wigan

Historical County: Lancashire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 109 Grid Ref: SD578064
Latitude: 53.5525 Longitude: -2.63843

Directions:

Immediately to the north-west of Wigan town centre, off the B5376

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is a municipal site for general public use.

Key information:

Form of site: public park

Purpose of site: urban park

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 1871 to 1878

Main period of development: Late 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 12

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