SJ9598 : Joseph Raynor Stephens Memorial Obelisk, Stamford Park

taken 7 years ago, near to Stalybridge, Tameside, Great Britain

Joseph Raynor Stephens Memorial Obelisk, Stamford Park
Joseph Raynor Stephens Memorial Obelisk, Stamford Park
Since it opened in 1873, monuments and memorials have been added to the park to commemorate and remember both people and events. This obelisk, the Joseph Raynor Stephens memorial was unveiled in 1888. The memorial was commissioned by local factory workers to commemorate the work Stephens had done promoting fair wages and working conditions.

See SJ9598 : Stephens Memorial, Stamford Park, Stalybridge and SJ9598 : Stalybridge : Joseph Rayner Stephens Memorial for more information about the life of Joseph Raynor Stephens
Stamford Park :: SJ9599
Stamford Park lies on the boundary between Ashton and Stalybridge. It was the first park to be opened in Ashton-under-Lyne.

Following a 17 year campaign by local cotton workers, Stamford Park was officially opened by Lord Stamford on the 12th July 1873. A crowd of 60-80,000 arrived on the day to watch the procession and opening ceremony.

Over the following two decades the park developed at pace, incorporating more land into the park. The former mill reservoir known as Chadwick Dams was incorporated into the park in 1891. The reservoir being divided in two by an embankment, with the southern section becoming the present boating lake.

The park now includes tennis courts, putting and bowling greens, a children's playground and paddling pool. The park also boasts an animal corner with a variety of birds and animals.

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 14 June, 2011   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 15 June, 2011
Geographical Context
Public buildings and spaces  Park and Public Gardens 
Place (from Tags)
Ashton Under Lyne 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9533 9888 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:29.1968N 2:4.3108W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9533 9888
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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