Queen's Park, Bolton

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Queen's Park
Dobson Bridge, Queen's Park, Bolton-geograph.org.uk-3439239.jpg
Dobson Bridge in Queen's Park
Queen's Park, Bolton is located in Greater Manchester
Queen's Park, Bolton
Type Public park
Location Bolton, Greater Manchester, England
OS grid SD707093
Coordinates 53°34′45″N 2°26′41″W / 53.5792°N 2.4446°W / 53.5792; -2.4446Coordinates: 53°34′45″N 2°26′41″W / 53.5792°N 2.4446°W / 53.5792; -2.4446
Opened 24 May 1866 (1866-05-24)
Operated by Bolton MBC
Status Open all year

Queen's Park is a Victorian park lying to the north-west of Bolton town centre, in Greater Manchester, England.[1] Opened as Bolton Park on 24 May 1866 by Lord Bradford it was renamed in 1897 in honour of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.[2]

Queen's Park once had a natural history museum, the Chadwick Museum, started in 1878 by Richard Knill Freeman and opened in 1884. It was funded by a bequest of Samuel Chadwick, whose statue stands in Victoria Square, Bolton. The building was demolished in 1957 after the museum's contents were moved to the new town centre museum in Le Mans Crescent.[2]

The River Croal runs through the park which has flowerbeds, duck ponds, and statues, including one of former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. The park received a £4.286 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund[3] and Big Lottery Fund in December 2009, through their joint "Parks for People" programme.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 27, 2010. Retrieved June 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Bolton Website". Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Harritage Lottery Fund". Retrieved 22 January 2010.