Peel Park, Bradford

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Peel Park, Bradford

Bradford bd3 0
United Kingdom
Contact Phone
P: 07990762775
Website
http://bradforddistrictparks.org

Description

Peel Park is a 22.6ha urban public park in the Bolton and Undercliffe area of Bradford, England, located about 0.75mi north-east of the city centre, and named after Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850). Peel Park was Bradford's first public park and is on the English Heritage and National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens online databases. The park is a Green Flag Award winner and has been for a number of years.HistoryA public meeting took place in St George's Hall, Bradford on 13 August 1850 to discuss the creation of a park as a memorial to Sir Robert Peel who had died that year. Together with a government donation of £1,500, funding was raised from Sir Robert Milligan, Sir Titus Salt, Forbes and Company and by numerous other private subscriptions to purchase 26ha of land that was subsequently named Peel Park Estate, and some 22.6ha of this land was developed as Peel Park. The park was opened in 1853 and a series of galas were held in the park to raise funds to pay off the remaining debt for the purchase of the land and its layout as a park—this took some 12 years. In 1870 the park was conveyed to the Municipal Borough of Bradford, and is now owned by the City of Bradford. Money was then raised for local hospitals by the galas until 1936 when the last gala was held.

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