Huddersfield Daily Chronicle (27/May/1879) - Correspondence: A Public Park

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To the Editor of the Huddersfield Daily Chronicle.


It is a matter of gratification to many that a gentleman has at last been announced who is liberal enough to promise the Corporation an "area of land not less than thirty acres, for the purpose of a public park and recreation ground." It is not less gratifying to learn that the Council received the announcement with applause. Without wishing to quiz very closely into the conditions on which such an offer is made, or into the exact plot of ground on Crosland Moor intended by H. F. Beaumont, Esq., for a park, it is a pleasure to one who knows the ground well to say that a more delightful spot could scarcely be selected for such a purpose.

The ground may be divided into two lots ; No. 1 from the Starling End, Bridal Road, to above the Old Bridal Road, nearly opposite the Volunteer Road end, south, in Dungeon Wood ; No. 2, commencing at Butter Nab Lane and terminating towards the Rifle Butts ground. If one durst venture an opinion, there is little doubt that No. 1 has considerable advantages over any other site. It is mostly woodland, and might easily have three tiers of roads cut and laid out, that would command a picturesque view of the southern landscape as far as Tinker's Monument. The table land on the north side of the wood takes in the above view, and also commands a sight of Lindley, Fixby Park, and Hartshead, down east can nearly be seen the baronial residence of the donor. Inside are many spots, by nature and quarrying, formed for dancing, pic-nic parties, and playgrounds, nicely shaded from west and north winds. Within ten minutes' walk from the Railway Station and the 'Bus depot, Red Lion Inn ; or, better still, open again the Woodfield Station, when the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway could set visitors down in the centre of the park. Carriages run up Yew Green, Crosland Moor, or up to the bridge, near Woodfield House. These would apply to No. 2 plot, but nearly a mile further away, with a loss of most of the wood scenery.

To say nothing of the cost of laying out, the advantage of No. 1 must be apparent to all who know the place over No. 2. If the whole of Dungeon Wood could be secured, which is over 30 acres, the site could not be surpassed by any park in Yorkshire. With so generous an offer, let us hope the Council will not approach the subject in a parsimonious state of mind ; accept all you can get free of cost, but don't spoil the park for sake of a few acres if such can be purchased.

If we may judge from appearances the scheme is highly appreciated, for yesterday hundreds of people visited the ground, and with smiling countenances enquired which was the place ; where is the park to be ? Of course no one could answer the queries, but the general chorus was "They ought to hav' t'wood be t'park."

May 26th, 1879.