Hanley Park

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Hanley Park is an urban park in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Officially opened on 20 June 1897, it occupies about 63 acres (25 ha) of land. The area previously comprised a large waste ground called 'Stoke Fields', cut in two by the Caldon Canal. Hanley park developed over a period of five years and cost approximately £70,000. The land was purchased from the estate of Shelton Hall.

Shelton Hall, was a square three-storied building with a lower wing to the north. It stood between Cemetery Road and Caledonian Road..It was built by the potters Ephraim and Charles Chatterley and was also known as Chatterley Hall.

The lake and park were developed under the supervision of the landscape architect Thomas Hayton Mawson of Windermere, who created Burslem Park around the same time. The Pavilion, completed in 1896, was designed by Dan Gibson. The Bandstand was the beneficiary of Mr George Howson, a local pottery owner. The Hanley Park Fete was held from 1897 to 1939 and featured a fun-fair, side shows and a display of fireworks. The Potteries Central Horse Parade (open to anyone living within 10 miles of Hanley Town Hall) was also held annually (but it was never resumed after World War II).

The Caldon Canal which joins the Trent and Mersey rivers passes through Hanley Park towards the southwest end. The southwest end consists of a lake where fishing is permitted. Next to the lake is a word sculpture that reads 'There are sounds all around, but nothing matters except the sound of your voice' and 'I see you standing there as if on a distant horizon, I reach out and our hands touch'

The park also consists of a bandstand, a basketball court, a football court and four children's play areas. At the western end of Hanley Park, adjacent to Stoke-on-Trent College, previously known as Cauldon College, there is the small 12-acre (4.9 ha) Cauldon Park.

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Coordinates: 53°00′54″N 2°10′34″W / 53.015°N 2.176°W / 53.015; -2.176