Friday, 5 November 2021

Crow Wood Park, Sowerby Bridge

 To give the park it's official name, the Crow Wood Centenary Park opened in May 1923 in the grounds of the former Crow Wood Mansion. The former mansion had been part of the estate of the Sir Henry Edwards and was owned by William Paterson Eglin when Sowerby Bridge Council completed the purchase of the house and grounds on the 28th May 1919. The council planned to use the estate as a public park, maternity hospital and children home.

The house was demolished to make way for leisure gardens and tennis courts and these and the park were opened to the public on the 14th April 1923. The memorial gateway was unveiled on November 10th 1929 and the band stand was opened in May 1930. Both still stand today but the bandstand is a shadow of it's former self and now forms part of a small skateboard park.

The park remains popular to locals and visitors alike with extensive grounds to walk around, a small car park for visitors, bowling green, tennis courts, basketball court, boules court, children's play areas and fitness equipment for all ages and abilities.

These pictures were taken using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera on the 1 January 2020, they can all be seen below or in full resolution and unwatermarked on Clickasnap.

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