Calthorpe Park

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Calthorpe Park
Calthorpe Park, Birmingham.JPG
The park in September 2009
TypePublic park
LocationEdgbaston, Birmingham, England
Coordinates52°27′37″N 1°54′00″W / 52.4604°N 1.8999°W / 52.4604; -1.8999Coordinates: 52°27′37″N 1°54′00″W / 52.4604°N 1.8999°W / 52.4604; -1.8999
Created1857 (1857)
Operated byBirmingham City Council

Calthorpe Park is a public park in Birmingham, England, created in 1857 and managed by Birmingham City Council.[1]

Geography[edit]

The park lies in the Sparkbrook Ward of Edgbaston, Birmingham, England.[1] It lies adjacent to and east of the A441 Pershore Road and a short distance south of Five Ways junction and north of Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

The River Rea bisects the park, following south-west to north-east and crossed by two bridges.

Creation[edit]

The park takes its name from the Calthorpe family, whose Frederick Gough, 4th Baron Calthorpe provided the land for its creation in 1857, from the Calthorpe Estate.[2][3] The freehold was signed over by his son, Augustus Gough-Calthorpe, 6th Baron Calthorpe, in 1894.[3]

Opening[edit]

Invitation to the opening, issued to William Sands Cox, founder of Queen's Hospital
The Duke of Cambridge Leaving the Town Hallby Samuel Lines Snr.
Painting by Samuel Lines Snr.

The park was formally opened on 1 June 1857, by Prince George, Duke of Cambridge.[4] The opening ceremony, which featured a triumphal arch, was recorded in a painting by Samuel Lines Snr.[4]

After a lunch at the Town Hall, and arriving via a procession though the streets, the Duke, Lord Calthorpe, and the Mayor, John Ratcliffe, each planted a Cedar tree.[5]

The event was followed by a dinner for the dignitaries and 250 guests at Bee's Royal Hotel,[5][6] as well as a free concert "for artisans" at the Town Hall, a free ball at a music hall in Coleshill Street and a free meal for 700 soldiers and pensioners at Bingley Hall.[5] These events were funded by John Ratcliffe.[5]

Features[edit]

A lodge-house sits at the north-western corner of the park. A bandstand formerly stood near to it.

An 1855 statue of Robert Peel which formerly stood in the park is now outside the nearby Tally Ho! police training centre, although the original plinth is still in the park.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Your Local Park". Birmingham City Council. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  2. ^ Thompson, Nigel. "Calthorpe Estate History". Calthorpe Residents Society. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b Clarke, Ernest (1912). "Gough-Calthorpe, Augustus Cholmondeley" . Dictionary of National Biography (2nd supplement). London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  4. ^ a b "Calthorpe Park". Suburban Birmingham. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d Chinn, Carl (23 February 2013). "Right royal fanfare for Birmingham park's opening". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Invitation to the Opening of Calthorpe Park". Suburban Birmingham. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2015.