Victoria Park, Millbridge, Plymouth

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Coordinates: 50°22′29.71″N 4°9′20.45″W / 50.3749194°N 4.1556806°W / 50.3749194; -4.1556806

Victoria Park, showing flooding from the underground culverts in June 2005

Victoria Park in Millbridge in Plymouth is a small recreational area. It extends at the eastern end from the bowling green beneath what was once a railway viaduct to what is now the merging of Molesworth Road and Eldad Hill, and which once was a toll bridge, and an important thoroughfare between Devonport and Plymouth. The area which it occupies was once a part of an area of tidal marshland, known as the Deadlake, and Batholomew Terrace, a road now adjacent to the park, was marked on 19th century maps of the area as Deadlake Lane.

At the end of the 19th century, culverts were constructed to channel a few small streams which fed into the Deadlake, and the creek was filled in with rubble from the quarries at Oreston and Cattedown, a mile or so away. After heavy rainfall the culverts can become overloaded and water forces its way to the surface. This has only been particularly dramatic once in the last 10 years, with no effect other than the temporary inconvenience of pedestrians using the park as a short cut between Millbridge and the city centre.

The park, replete with a park-keeper's lodge, was formally opened to the public in 1903.

During World War II Victoria Park had 3 underground shelters constructed in it to protect the population during the Blitz.

References[edit]

  • [1] a wartime reminiscence of Victoria Park
  • [2] a reference to the Deadlake
  • [3] a description of the park