Wharton Park, Durham (Durham City)
In July 1858, William Wharton, gifted land from the southern part of his Dryburn estate, to the City of Durham, for use as a public park. The site was initially known as The People's Park and development of its facilities was funded by Wharton. He spent £3000 on the construction of the park and provided £100 per year for the land's upkeep until his death in 1867. The initial layout of the park included paths and terraces, a bandstand and a viewing platform/folly known as The Battery (H351179). In 1923 a statue of Neptune (H35388), formerly in the Market Place, was moved to the park. The park remained much as originally designed until the inter-war period of the 20th century when extensive tennis courts were added to the western side of the park and a large gravel quarry opened in the north east corner. A park keeper's house was added at this time. The park layout has remained relatively unchanged since this (1). It is known that in 1919 the park contained a war memorial tank, No. 2783, a First World War relic that saw action on the battlefields of Vimy and Arras, however, the present location and fate of this memorial is unknown (2).
|Historical period:||Victorian (1837 to 1901)|
|Event(s):||Desk-Based Assessment of Wharton Park, Durham 2006; Archaeological Services Durham University|
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Local History of Durham City
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