Cannon Hill Park

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Cannon Hill Park
Cannon Hill Park.jpg
Cannon Hill Park lake
Type Public park
Location Birmingham, England
Coordinates 52°27′11″N 1°54′04″W / 52.453°N 1.901°W / 52.453; -1.901Coordinates: 52°27′11″N 1°54′04″W / 52.453°N 1.901°W / 52.453; -1.901
Operated by Birmingham City Council
Status Open year round
Website birmingham.gov.uk/cannonhillpark

Cannon Hill Park is a park located in south Birmingham, England. It is the most popular park in the city, covering 250 acres (101 ha) consisting of formal, conservation, woodland and sports areas. Recreational activities at the park include boating, fishing, bowls, tennis, putting and picnic areas.

It also contains Birmingham Nature Centre, the mac theatre, and adjacent to the park is Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

History[edit]

On 18 April 1873,[1] a local benefactor, Miss Louisa Ann Ryland (1814–89) of Barford Hill House, Warwickshire, gave just over 57 acres (23 ha)[1] of meadow land, known as Cannon Hill Fields, to the Corporation and paid for the draining of the site to create a public park. J.T Gibson of Battersea was employed to transform the site. He constructed two large lakes, the smaller ornamental ponds and a bathing pool. 35 acres were devoted to ornamental gardens and shrub borders. Kew Gardens donated seeds and plants to establish the collection, this collection was used by students to enable them to study botany. It opened to the public in September 1873. A further 7 acres (2.8 ha) were given by the brewer John Holder in 1897, and in 1898 5 acres (2.0 ha) were acquired to straighten the River Rea, which is now culverted and runs along the western edge.

Features[edit]

South African memorial

A 1906 granite and bronze memorial to the dead of the Second Boer War by Albert Toft, stands on the western edge of the park. Grade II* listed, it was refurbished in 2012.[2][3]

In 1911 a 16th-century timbered house was moved from Deritend and re-erected in the park by the Birmingham Archaeological Society, to serve as a refreshment room and cricket pavilion. Named the Golden Lion Inn it is a Grade II listed building but is now in a very poor state of repair and fenced-off. The bandstand, the bridge over the lake ('Red Carriage Bridge'), and Cannon Hill House are also Grade II Listed.

The Scout memorial

Another memorial, unveiled on 27 July 1924, commemorates Scouts who fell in the first and (by later inscription) second world wars. It is in concrete, and was designed by the architect William Haywood.

Elan Valley Reservoirs - model in Cannon Hill Park

A scale model of the Elan Valley Reservoirs, in the form of ornamental ponds, is located in a Japanese garden near the mac. It was built in the 1960s.

Events[edit]

A free 5 kilometre parkrun running event is held in the park every Saturday morning at 9am[4] and usually attracts between 500 and 750 runners each week. A free 2 kilometre junior parkrun event for children aged between 4 and 14 takes place at 9am on Sunday mornings.

The Great Birmingham 10k and Great Birmingham Run half-marathon events also pass through the park.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham. Cornish Brothers. 1885. p. 30. 
  2. ^ "Birmingham war memorial to be restored". The Birmingham Press. 2012-01-04. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Boer War Memorial, Cannon Hill Park - 1392586". Historic England. Retrieved 29 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Cannon Hill parkrun". 

External links[edit]

Blue plaque on lodge house at Cannon Hill Park