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Brief description of site

Stamford Park is a 19th-century public park which occupies about 26 hectares. The park was opened in 1873. There is no single outstanding feature, although the 'Dingle' on the western edge, formed by landscaping the valley of Cock Brook, is an interesting piece of landscaped gardening. The main merit of the site is within a small area of features characteristic of a 19th-century urban amenity park.

Brief history of site

The original park, south of Darnton Road, was opened in 1873 on land purchased for £15,000. The money was raised by public subscription together with a gift of 30 acres from the Earl of Stamford. The park was enlarged in 1891 by acquisition of Chadwick's Dam reservoir, the southern part of which was made into a boating lake and the northern part into a feeder lake and fishing lake. The last major addition was in 1929 with the donation of 4 acres which was devoted to a children's playground. The park was run by a joint committee from Ashton and Stalybridge until 1974, when it passed to Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council.

Location information:

Address: Stamford Park, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside, OL6 6RT

Locality: Greater Manchester

Local Authorities:

Greater Manchester; Tameside

Historical County: Lancashire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 109 Grid Ref: SJ954990
Latitude: 53.4877 Longitude: -2.07079

Directions:

West of the A635 between Ashton-under-Lyne and Stalybridge.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

This is a municipal site, open daily from 8 am for general public use.

Visitor information:

WCs, refreshments, children's play area, paddling pool

Key information:

Form of site: public park

Purpose of site: urban park

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 1873

Main period of development: Late 19th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 26

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