Category Archives: History

Marking the Start of the World War One Centenary

On Saturday 26th April 2014,  seven Friends of Parkinson’s Park came to help dig over and prepare the Wildflower area for planting and poppy-seed sowing – as part of this year’s World War One Centenary. The area is due to … Continue reading

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Crompton Parkinson’s Glass Works 1935

Courtesy of the excellent Aireborough Historical Society,  is a photograph of staff in the glass works of Crompton Parkinson in 1935 – anyone recognize anyone?

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Lighting Up A Future Tradition

Thank you to everyone who came to the Friends of Parkinson’s Park Lantern Parade; there was a fantastic turnout from all over the area, with residents old and new, all our local Councillors and Member of Parliament.  Some people passing … Continue reading

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All Our Stories – Parkinson’s Park Puts Digital Record on History Pin

As part of our heritage lottery fund (HLF) grant, we have to provide a permanent digital record of our All Our Stories project.  The chosen HLF media for doing this is History Pin, and we have just finished setting up … Continue reading

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All Our Stories – Out of the Mists of Time

The purpose of the All Our Stories, HLF grant, is to tell the story of the ‘ordinary’ people, who have used the Park land down the ages. We knew the recent history,  from when the Parkinson brothers acquiring the land … Continue reading

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All Our Stories – Tracking The Past

Part of the success of the geophysics survey at the end of July will come from knowing what might be found – this is where the paper archive research has a vital part to play.    Barbara has therefore been to … Continue reading

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All Our Stories – Film Premier of “Parkinson’s Park – A New Chapter”

Between the start of the Park’s regeneration in November 2011, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June 2012,  David Myers, local filmmaker and ex Crompton Parkinson employee, filmed the revival of the Park and its place in the social life … Continue reading

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All Our Stories – Piecing the Evidence Together

Local history is like a detective game:by itself a scrap of information seems worthless,  but, when put together with a pile of other scraps, slowly, if you are luck,  a picture will begin to emerge. Following a trawl around local … Continue reading

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All Our Stories – The Spirit of An Old Tannery at Kelcliffe

It started with a newspaper cutting from the Leeds Intelligencer,  24 October 1780, found by local historian, Barbara Winfield just after Christmas 2012, on the British Library Digitised Newspaper Archive website – the first indication that Kelcliffe might have originally … Continue reading

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Barbara’s Bench

Anyone going to the Park for a brisk winter walk, will notice a new addition to the landscape – Barbara’s Bench; or to be precise, the bench Barbara and brother, Alan Winfield, have donated to the Park in honour of … Continue reading

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