Chesterfield - Queen's Park :: Shared Description

Alderman T P Wood, Mayor of Chesterfield in 1886, proposed that land should be acquired by the Local Board for the creation of a public park to mark Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887. The site was purchased in 1887, the park designed by William Barron and Sons of Borrowash and officially opened to the public on 2 August 1893.

A cricket pitch was inaugurated in May 1894, while the associated pavilion was constructed in 1898. Late 19th century park facilities included a bandstand, boating lake, cycle track and gymnasium.

In 1901 a further 13 acres, separated from the original park by Boythorpe Avenue to the south, was acquired by the town as a memorial to Queen Victoria (died 1901). This land was laid out as a recreation ground known as Queen's Park Annex.

In 1967, an indoor swimming pool was constructed and in the 1980's this was extended to create a multi-sports leisure centre.

A programme of renovations funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund took place in 2004.

As at 2014, there are plans to construct a new leisure centre on the now-disused Annex.

For more information on Queen's Park, please see LinkExternal link , LinkExternal link and LinkExternal link .

The Friends of Queen's Park have also published a 60-page booklet "For the People of Chesterfield for ever - A Short History of Queen's Park" (Edited by Janet Murphy 2006 ISBN 1 898937 70 2).
by Dave Bevis
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SK3770 : Queen's Park, Chesterfield by Stephen McKay
SK3770 : Chesterfield - Queen's Park - North Lodge and Cafe by Dave Bevis
SK3770 : Swimming Baths by Tony Bacon
SK3770 : Chesterfield - Queen's Park - South Lodge by Dave Bevis
SK3770 : Chesterfield - Queen's Park - civic shield on south gate by Dave Bevis
SK3770 : Chesterfield - Queen's Park - gate at southern entrance by Dave Bevis
SK3770 : Chesterfield - Queen's Park - Conservatory by Dave Bevis

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Created: Thu, 26 Jun 2014, Updated: Thu, 26 Jun 2014

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