Walmersley Road Recreation Ground (also known as Clarence Park)6132

Bury, Greater Manchester, England, Greater Manchester

Brief Description

Walmersley Road Recreation Ground is bounded by Walmersley Road to the west, brick works to the north and Hamilton Street to the south. There are open areas to the eastern boundary. The main entrance is from the Walmersley Road, with wrought iron fence and lodge similar to that of the Rochdale Road ground, and a side entrance from Hamilton Street. The flatness of the site is broken by a number of planted ornamental mounds designed to screen the playgrounds and cricket pitch. There is a weeping ash near the north-west corner with young weeping elms at the entrance. There is a half circular mound near the main entrance planted with trees and shrubs including sycamore, 'the Servia plant', ash, beech, silver birch and poplar and willow. In the centre of the mound was a 'turn table bed' richly planted. There is banking running around the whole of the ground planted with trees and shrubs.

History

The area was rapidly developed by the Chesham estate in the late-19th-century. The area was laid out in a similar way to that of the Rochdale Road ground and designed by the Borough Engineer, Mr Cartwright. The park was opened as the Walmersley Road Recreation Ground in 1888.

Visitor Facilities

This site is now part of Clarence Recreation Ground. Please see: http://www.bury.gov.uk/LeisureAndCulture/ParksAndRecreation/UrbanParks/ClarencePark/default.htm
Features
  • Ironwork
  • Description: The main entrance is from the Walmersley Road, with wrought iron fence.
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  • Gate Lodge
  • Description: There is a lodge similar to that of the Rochdale Road ground.
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  • Flower Bed
  • Description: The flatness of the site is broken by a number of planted ornamental mounds designed to screen the playgrounds and cricket pitch.
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

This site is now part of Clarence Recreation Ground. Please see: http://www.bury.gov.uk/LeisureAndCulture/ParksAndRecreation/UrbanParks/ClarencePark/default.htm
References

References

Contributors

  • Lancashire Gardens Trust

  • Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit