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Brief description of site

Saltwell Park is a 19th-century public park. It was voted Britain's best park in 2005, having been restored using funds from the Heritage Lottery. Features include ornamental and woodland gardens, a boating lake, bowling greens and a maze.

Brief history of site

The gardens around Saltwell Towers were laid out for stained glass manufacturer William Wailes from the 1850s onwards and were acquired by Gateshead Corporation in 1875. Edward Kemp made designs for the existing gardens and some adjacent fields. The park was opened in 1876.

Location information:

Address: Saltwell Road, NE9 5AX

Locality: Gateshead

Local Authorities:

Tyne and Wear; Gateshead

Historical County: Durham

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 88 Grid Ref: NZ254610
Latitude: 54.943 Longitude: -1.60503

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is a municipal park, open daily from dawn till dusk.

Key information:

Form of site: public park

Purpose of site: urban park

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 1850 to 1876

Main period of development: Late 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 8

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