A New Outlook For The ‘Old Man’s Seat’

In the top corner of the Park is a bench which was put there to replace one that was there for decades.  It was called ‘Old Man’s Seat’ as it was a favourite with local older residents, who used to wander along the land on  a summer’s evening and watch the sun set in the West as they discussed the ‘goings on’ of the day.

Unfortunately,  this secluded bench has also attracted other undesirable activity recently; people wanting to make their own ‘fire’ in the dark,  using the Park’s fittings. So,  we have opened out the area for security,  as it is now more visible from surrounding houses.

The benefit of this is that the view is now panoramic,  instead of seen through a frame of hawthorn;  and in front of the stone wall is a grass bank that can be developed as the end of Jubilee Walk,  and which could be an excellent picnic spot in the Summer.

In addition,  we can now clearly see the shape of the stone wall.  It’s large weathered foundation stones laid on the topsoil are an indication of the line of a medieval wall – which is interesting considering the other early medieval features we have found in the Park.   There are  similarity between this newly exposed wall and the one near Bracken End Farm Lane – which is also thought to be medieval or earlier. (The main part of the park wall is of a much later date and some has been cemented in the 20th century. )

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About Jennifer Inskip Kirkby

Vice Chairlady of Friends of Parkinson's Park, and Facilitator of Inskip One-Name Study. Has a degree in Local History (University of Cambridge), and Economics (University of Leeds). Day job - is a Business Analyst running Mutual Marketing, a customer service research, training and advisory business.
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