Peel Park, Salford 6250

Salford, Greater Manchester, England, Greater Manchester

Brief Description

A library and museum adjoins the site to the south and the River Irwell runs along the eastern boundary. Over the river is a suspension bridge linking the park to the densely developed areas of housing to the east. The original design, now simplified, included an axial walk and a series of intersecting boundary walks. Statues included one of Queen Victoria in white Sicilian marble, unveiled by Prince Albert in 1857, and a similar one of the Prince Consort himself erected in 1874. On the eastern terrace there are bronze statues of Sir Robert Peel (1852) and Joseph Brotherton (1858). There is also a statue of Richard Cobden in Campanella marble (1867). All these statues are by Matthew Noble. On the same terrace there is a sculptured group representing Royalty, the middle classes and the industrialists together with figures of a shoeblack and a boy chimney sweep.

History

Peel Park is a public park developed on the site of Lark Hull, formerly part of the Ackers family estate. The site was sold to the Parks Committee for £5,000, less £500 as his subscription to the parks fund by Mr Garnett, who had purchased the estate in 1826. The government provided a grant towards the cost of purchasing the land and creating the park and Sir Robert Peel subscribed £1,000. The park was opened on August 22, 1846 and was named after the Prime Minister. Twenty five acres of meadowland were given by Mr J P Fitzgerald in 1869 and a further twenty five by David Lewis' Trustees in 1896. Further additions totalling thirty two acres were made between 1900 and 1912, bringing the total acreage up to about 100 acres.

Visitor Facilities

This is a municipal site for general public use. Please see: http://www.salford.gov.uk/leisure/parks/publicparks/parks-bb.htm
Features
  • Obelisk
  • Description: Flood obelisk.
  • Statue
  • Description: Queen Victoria in white Sicilian marble, unveiled by Prince Albert in 1857.
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  • Statue
  • Description: Statue of Prince Albert.
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  • Statue
  • Description: On the eastern terrace there is a bronze statue of Sir Robert Peel (1852).
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  • Statue
  • Description: On the eastern terrace there is a bronze statue of Joseph Brotherton (1858).
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  • Statue
  • Description: There is also a statue of Richard Cobden in Campanella marble (1867).
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  • Sculpture
  • Description: There is a sculptured group representing Royalty, the middle classes and the industrialists together with figures of a shoeblack and a boy chimney sweep.
  • River
  • Description: The River Irwell runs along the eastern boundary.
  • Walk
  • Description: The original design, now simplified, included an axial walk and a series of intersecting boundary walks.
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Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

This is a municipal site for general public use. Please see: http://www.salford.gov.uk/leisure/parks/publicparks/parks-bb.htm
History

Period

  • Victorian (1837-1901)
Associated People

Just one person associated to Peel Park, Salford

References

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Contributors

  • Lancashire Gardens Trust

  • Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit