SJ9272 : BMX track at The Tip

taken 7 years ago, near to Macclesfield, Cheshire, Great Britain

BMX track at The Tip
BMX track at The Tip
The football pitch is listed by the council as full-size for local teams.
In the 18th century copper smelting went on in this area. By 1871 it was a brickworks amid claypits. Over the wall in the photo was a soap mill.
The Tip, Windmill Street, Macclesfield
The Tip was once part of Macclesfield’s Wild East: common land owned by the Crown on a steep hillside overlooking the town. Following Inclosure some of it was exploited for coal and clay, other parts were developed for industry and workers’ houses. The windmill recalled by the streetname was in the 18th century originally for grinding copper ore for smelting at Mr Roe’s works in the area. By 1871 the OS map shows The Tip as Brick Field, ie a quarry for brick clay; subsequent maps show a brickworks. From 1966 the legend on maps is King George’s Field. It is one of 471 playing fields in the UK established from 1937 as a permanent memorial to King George V (reigned 1910-1936). Interrupted by World War II, the Foundation resumed making grants for the acquisition and laying-out of land. At The Tip the brickworks must have been demolished and the quarry voids filled in sometime between 1954 and 1966. A seat in the northwest corner is flanked by the official carved stone heraldic panels set in stone pillars. Another seat, below Black Road, bears a plaque inscribed: “In memory of Alison Edwards 1953-2004 and all she did to improve ‘The Tip’.” A slab of local stone on the south side of the site is inscribed simply “Tip MM”. LinkExternal link LinkExternal link

“I lived on Dean St, Macclesfield and went to St Peters school and St Peters CoE in the early sixties … I was interested to see in the map that the nearby 'park' (affectionately called 'the tip') used to be a brick works. We (my siblings and I) used to go through the hole in the wall from Dean St into 'the tip' to get to the children's play area. Some school boys and I would go to to the 'tip' in late summer to set fire to the dry grass that grew on the steep slopes at the top end of the tip near Windmill street. I was saddened to see that Dean St has gone and has been replaced by what looks like (on Google satellite maps) an industrial estate ... but I suppose that's progress.”

Recollections by ‘meteoritically’ in a RootsChat.com thread about the former Windmill Square and Dean Street, Macclesfield.
King George's Fields
As a memorial to King George V after his death in 1936, a foundation was established to give capital grants to towns and villages for the provision of playing fields: "any open space used for the purpose of outdoor games, sports and pastimes." All sites were to be called 'King George’s Field' and distinguished by heraldic panels that were usually displayed at a specially designed entrance. 471 schemes in the UK received grants from the Foundation. In 1965 the responsibility for establishing and preserving King George's Fields passed to the National Playing Fields Association. LinkExternal link
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SJ9272, 73 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Thursday, 28 April, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 3 May, 2011
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Sport, Leisure  Park and Public Gardens 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9224 7282 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:15.1400N 2:7.0659W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9232 7282
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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