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Brief description of site

Wicksteed Park is a combination of a leisure park and a country park and is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. It was opened in 1921 and features a large man-made lake, a formal memorial garden, an arboretum and various recreational facilities.

Brief history of site

In 1913 Charles Wicksteed, owner of a local engineering company, bought land from the Barton Seagrave estate on which to build a model village. The estate's designed landscape had been laid out during the late-18th and early-19th century with input from Humphry Repton. Following the First World War public housing became the responsibility of local authorities, so Wicksteed chose instead to concentrate on the creation of the park for public use. The park was opened in 1921.

Location information:

Address: Wicksteed Park, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN15 6NJ

Locality: Kettering

Local Authorities:

Northamptonshire; Kettering; Wicksteed

Historical County: Northamptonshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 141 Grid Ref: SP880770
Latitude: 52.384 Longitude: -0.70849

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

Wicksteed Park is open from sunrise to sunset every day except Christmas Day. For details see:

Key information:

Form of site: country park

Purpose of site: public park

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 1913 to 1921

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 45

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