SD8303 : Heaton Park Boating Lake

taken 9 years ago, near to Prestwich, Bury, Great Britain

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Heaton Park Boating Lake
Heaton Park Boating Lake
Looking towards one of the three islands in the boating lake, constructed between 1908 and 1912.
Heaton Park :: SD8304
Heaton Park, which comprises the grounds of a Grade I listed neoclassical 18th-century country house, Heaton Hall (SD8304 : Heaton Hall) is located 4 miles north of Manchester city centre. Covering an area reported as over 640 acres, it is the biggest park in Greater Manchester and one of the largest municipal parks in Europe. Heaton Park is listed Grade 2 on the English Heritage Register of Parks and there are nine listed structures in the park. Details can be found on the English Heritage website LinkExternal link .

Heaton Park was sold to Manchester City Council in 1902, by the Earl of Wilton, to be kept for the enjoyment and recreation of the public. Manchester Council later used part of the north side of the park for the construction of a large gravity feed reservoir; interrupted by the First World War, this work was only completed in the 1920s. A municipal golf course (SD8304 : Heaton Park Golf Course) was also laid out and a large boating lake excavated (SD8303 : Heaton Park Boating Lake). The former facade of the first Manchester Town Hall on King Street (SD8303 : Heaton Park - Town Hall Colonnade) was re-erected as a backdrop to the lake.

During the First World War the Manchester Pals used the park as a training depot. The park was also used as the site of a Royal Air Force depot in the Second World War.

At the end of the 20th century the park was renovated and some of the buildings and original vistas from the 18th century landscape design were restored as part of a millennium project partnership between the Heritage Lottery Fund and Manchester City Council.

LinkExternal link Heaton Park website
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SD8303, 233 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 5 September, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 13 September, 2010
Geographical Context
Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Suburb, Urban fringe  Park and Public Gardens 
Category
Boating lake   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 831 038 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:31.8717N 2:15.3377W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 831 038
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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