Queens Park, Crewe
Queens Park in Crewe, Cheshire is a Grade II* public park opened in 1887, little changed from its original plan. It was laid out by railway engineer Francis Webb, Richard Moon (mayor of Crewe in 1888) and garden designer Edward Kemp. A story that the park is a product of 1880s railway politics when the London and North Western Railway bought the land and donated it to the town to prevent the Great Western Railway from building a railway line through it is almost certainly untrue.
The park is a popular spot for the inhabitants of Crewe and features the largest lake in the area, which also has boats for hire. Other prominent features of the park include a Victorian clock tower, a man-made waterfall, a large playground, and several statues and fountains, including monuments to the British soldiers killed in the Boer War and the first Gulf War.
As of 2014 the park is undergoing a major £6.5 million restoration that includes a new children's playground, a new cafe and bowls pavilion, and significant reconstruction work to bridges and footpaths.
- "The Friends are people who represent the community at large; they also raise money to put on events in the Park and to implement new ideas so that after the refurbishment, the Park does not 'stagnate'."
- English Heritage. "Queen's Park, Crewe (1001412)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
- "Queens Park Crewe", Cheshire East Council, retrieved 24 April 2008
- Drummond,, D. K. Crewe – Railway Town, Company & People, 1840–1914.
- "Queens Park Renovation Project", Cheshire East Council, retrieved 4 January 2014
- "Queen's Park Stakeholders' Meeting No 18", Friends of Queens Park, 24 March 2010, retrieved 4 January 2014
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