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Stoke-on-Trent Districts: Howard Place, Snow Hill

 


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Howard Place and Snow Hill, Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

 


Stoke Road..... Howard Place & Snow Hill


Hanley Park

Opposite the cemetery is Cauldon Park section of Hanley park - Hanley park was officially opened on Jubilee day, June 20th 1897, occupying about 63 acres (25.5 hectares) of land.
Originally a large area of waste ground called 'Stoke Fields', cut in two by the Caldon Canal (which was opened 1777).

The park took five years to develop at a cost to the ratepayers of 70,000. The land was also purchased from the estate of Shelton Hall. 


Hanley Park (Cauldon Park) entrance in Stoke Road
Hanley Park (Cauldon Park) entrance in Stoke Road

The development of the park and lake was under the guidance of Thomas H Mawson of Windermere (he also designed Burslem Park). 

Mawson went on to be a designer of international repute - he designed gardens throughout Britain, and in Europe and Canada.
In 1908 he won a competition to lay out the Peace Palace gardens at the Hague. He also advised on the development of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in America. In 1929 he became the first president of the Institute of Landscape Architects.


Park Avenue
The road along the southern boundary was originally Park Avenue - this name can still be seen in the partly painted out sign on the park wall.

Avenue Road
Avenue Road
In the early 1950's alot of roads in the city were renamed and Park Avenue became Park Road.

Hanley Borough arms over the entrance to the park.
Hanley Borough arms over the entrance to the park.
On the Hanley County Borough Arms is the Dromedary camel this was from the Crest of the Ridgway Family.
The jugs (upper left) and the kilns (upper right) represent the pottery industry.

 

on Hanley Park



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questions / comments / contributions? email: Steve Birks

10 January 2008